Vehicle vandals spoil the holiday spirit

December 27, 2007 3:36:28 PM PST
Police in Mercer County want to know who ruined the holiday for some residents.

Vandals caused an estimated $20,000 in damages to their vehicles on Christmas night.

"It's just depressing to see this, even on Christmas. It just takes the spirit right out of the day," said Rich Morgano of Garden Avenue.

He is one of dozens of township residents who came out to their cars Wednesday morning to find damage like car mirrors smashed to smithereens.

"I was told I was number 72 yesterday. Now it's up to 80. Who knows how much higher it's going to go, so these guys just ruined a lot of Christmas for a lot of people," said Morgano.

At the Winding brook Apartments on Bradford Avenue at least one car had its side window broken, blasting shattered glass into the driver's seat.

Police are leaving notes for some who haven't yet discovered the damage.

Investigators said witnesses report seeing two white males in a dark colored Buick from the late 80s or early 90s riding through streets in the Yardville and White Horse sections.

"Couple witnesses told us they were driving and somebody was hanging out the passenger window with a bat or a stick," said Detective Bob Diszler.

Detectives said calls have been coming in continuously as car owners discover the damage.

Some mirrors can cost as much as $400. Because repair costs won't meet many insurance deductibles, car owners will be stuck with the bill.

"Unbelievable. All you think like minimum $500 deductible probably," said Dange Zileniene.

Detectives said they have some leads in the case, but no arrests have been made.

If the vandals hit your car or you have any information about the vandals, call Hamilton Township police immediately.