Paint may lead to car window vandals

OAKLYN, N.J. - August 3, 2011

It is believed someone drove around and smashed car windows.

"We came outside and saw the window was smashed, just figured it was kids," Oaklyn resident Joe Whylings said.

The Amrhein family of was hit twice.

"I said to my wife, 'look at your windshield,' not looking at mine, and mine got it also," Al Amrhein said.

Police departments in Audubon, Haddon Township, Haddonfield, and Oaklyn reported as many as 27 incidents of broken auto glass.

"We're looking for a darker colored SUV. We believe there is a passenger with some type of item, maybe a baseball, striking these windows as they're driving down the street," Oaklyn Police Chief Jon Shelly said.

Auto glass installers like Eric White of A&A Glass were busy today.

His reaction, though, was what an expensive waste; some who were hit are on unemployment or fixed incomes.

"They can't afford to put out that kind of money, a combined $500 for two windows; it's just not right," White said.

Police are hoping for a possible break.

In one attack, the vandals slammed into a trashcan that contained a can of lime green paint that spilled onto their vehicle.

Chief Jon Shelly hopes that paint will help lead to the vehicle

"I am certain it is on this vehicle; it would be on the tire, the wheel well, under carriage or maybe the side of the car," Shelly said.

Police are also reviewing surveillance video to try to get a better picture of who is responsible.

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