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Vandal uses bat to smash cars in Glendale neighborhood

July 16, 2012|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a vandal who used a metal baseball bat Saturday to smash windows and scratch up seven vehicles parked on Graynold Avenue.

The vehicles were parked about 11 p.m. in the neighborhood between the 800 and 1200 blocks of Graynold Avenue and sustained scratches, dents and shattered mirrors and windows, according to Glendale police reports.

“It is unknown who this individual is, what the purpose is or what the reason,” police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

One of the victims was sitting inside his home when he heard a “loud bang” outside.

When he ran outside and noticed damage to his car, he attempted to follow but eventually lost track of the suspect. The suspect’s car was described as dark-colored, possibly a Ford Mustang or a Dodge.

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Soon after police responded to the victim’s report, they noticed other parked cars were also damaged.

Officers found the metal baseball bat under the damaged car’s left rear tire.

A witness told police he was standing outside his home on Graynold when he saw a dark-colored vehicle with three to four occupants who were laughing. Moments later, he heard glass breaking and immediately called police.

Some witnesses also reported seeing a passenger get out and smash a car’s window and windshield.

An estimate for the total amount of vehicle damage was not immediately available.

Anyone with details about the vandalism, or who may have seen the suspect, was encouraged to call Glendale Police Det. Scott Byrne at (818) 548-3127. To remain anonymous, call Glendale Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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