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These thugs targeted gas guzzlers in PPW vandalism

for The Brooklyn Paper

Someone hates gas guzzlers in Park Slope.

Vandals smashed the rear windows of at least eight large vehicles along Prospect Park West early Wednesday morning — and residents are alarmed.

“We’ve never seen vandalism like this,” said Michelle Gonzalez, whose van was a victim of the serial smashers. “This is an escalated level of crime.”

Other victims discovered the broken glass as they were rushing to work.

“Now I have to pay for this,” said Mitch Delhoyo, who stared through a gaping hole in the back of his sport utility vehicle. “This is not common in this neighborhood.”

The smashers’ trail of destruction ran from First to 12th streets, according to cops. The thugs were apparently more interested in thrills, since nothing was reported stolen.

Curiously, only minivans and sport utility vehicles appeared to be targets — which led many Park Slopers to speculate on a more complicated modus operandi.

“They’re targeting a particular section of society,” said resident Jana Bruns.

Another resident couldn’t believe her eyes.

“This makes me a little nervous,” said Cindy Ferrara. “It’s like political statement.”

The smash-fest left residents worried, but police say that a similar incident is unlikely to happen again soon.

“It seems like it was a random act,” an NYPD spokesman said. “The people just started at one end and kept breaking windows while walking down the street.”

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Or from Yellow Hook says:
It's a hate crime.
Nov. 3, 2010, 3:29 pm
wily coyote from g-point says:
I love it when a plan comes together.
Nov. 3, 2010, 4:39 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Yup, class envy quite the plan.
Nov. 3, 2010, 4:52 pm
wily coyote from g-point says:
No class envy, just buy yourself a really expensive bike. Gotta keep the roads clear so the billionaires don't get stuck in traffic.
Nov. 3, 2010, 6:24 pm
brooklynchimp from Israel says:
The acts seem random-

besides, there hasn't been a tree huger with balls since Ted got pinched.
Nov. 4, 2010, 8:27 am
mitch brown from park slope says:
hope a biker gets run down or doored......
Nov. 4, 2010, 5:29 pm
dkawsome from park slope says:
i waz a victom of this stupid hate crime i got the popo and every thing they will cath them
Nov. 4, 2010, 5:31 pm
h from n says:
My car window was smashed and it was NOT a minivan, or an SVU.
Nov. 4, 2010, 10:17 pm

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