Marble-Throwing Vandals Attack 28 Stores, Vehicles in Bronx in Less Than 90 Minutes: NYPD

What to Know

  • In total, police say they received 28 reports of marbles thrown at windows in a span of less than 90 minutes
  • No injuries were reported
  • Police released a photo of a marble recovered at one of the scenes and a surveillance image of a car believed to have been involved

Someone -- or a group of people -- threw marbles at the windows of more than two dozen businesses and vehicles in the Bronx Sunday in a 90-minute crime spree that left shattered glass all over the streets in several neighborhoods, police say.

In total, police say they received 28 reports of marbles thrown at windows between 7:15 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. The suspects' targets were wide-ranging, including an Applebee's and Target on Hutchinson River Parkway, a McDonald's on Westchester Avenue and a Modell's on East Fordham Road, a Dunkin' Donuts on Grand Concourse and an MTA bus on East Tremont Avenue.

No injuries were reported, though there was at least one close call: at one deli, falling glass narrowly missed a worker who was eating behind the counter, video shows. 

On Tuesday morning, the NYPD released video of a dark-colored SUV believed to be involved in the crime spree. Authorities said they have determined that a white, four-door sedan they released images of on Monday was involved and is currently in the police possession. 

Deli manager Murtdhe Saleh said the worker "heard the noise and the glass start breaking down, and he was scared." 

NYPD is investigating the two-hour period of vandalism in the area. Saleh said investigators looked for clues at his store to find the suspects.  

"They tried to find anything on the floor, they don't find nothing. So they were to other places because they got called from other people," said Saleh. 

Yao Yao Chen, the owner of a 99-cent store that was among the targets, said her husband called the police as soon as their window was hit.

"This is very crazy. We're scared," she said.

"It's not funny," said Saleh.  

The cost of the damage wasn't known. 

Anyone with information about the marble-throwing is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). 

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