Vandals target vehicles in Medford, N.J.

MEDFORD, N.J. - August 26, 2009 32 vehicles at the Medford Ford Dealership were vandalized during the overnight hours between August 23 and 24. An additional 11 vehicles in the Medford Village area were also damaged.

"They hit new cars, they hit clunkers, the cars that had just recently been traded in, any cars on the lot. There were people who had cars here for repairs, their cars were targeted as well," Lt. Rich Meder of the Medford Township Police said.

The vehicles were located on Cherry Street, Union Street, Allen Avenue and the Shoprite parking lot. The damage included scratches, broken windows and deflated tires.

The estimated damage reported by Medford Ford is approximately $30,000.

"My initial reaction was sick to my stomach actually because we've been here for over 30 years. This is the first time we've had any this kind of damage done to any of our vehicles for any reason," Medford Ford owner Tony Tolerico said.

Police are looking for the three teens, 1 white female and 2 white males, seen in a supermarket surveillance video moments before they vandalized th car they're approaching. They appear to be between 16 and 20 years old, police say.

Insurance will cover most of the repairs, but employees at Medford Ford are upset by the senseless vandalism and the effect it will have on the dealership.

Anyone with information regarding the criminal mischief is urged contact Medford Police detectives at (609) 654-7511.

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