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About two dozen car windows were smashed and another six cars vandalized with paint in a midnight rampage through Piedmont last Friday.
Police are investigating, but had no solid leads on suspects as of Thursday, Piedmont police Detective Thomas Kincaid said.

The reports began rolling in about 10 p.m. on Sept. 21, the first one that a black Mercedes in the 300 block of Bonita Avenue had been splashed with paint. A half-hour later, a resident in the 300 block of Park Way reported the same thing: paint splattered on a BMW. At 10:46 p.m., a woman reported that profanities had been painted on her car in the 10 block of Keefer Court.

At 12:42 a.m. Saturday, another vehicle was reported "painted" in the 400 block of Wildwood Avenue, police said. In the 100 block of Fairview Avenue, a black BMW had messages scratched into the paint about that same time. About 1 a.m., another paint-splattered vehicle was reported in the 100 block of Nova Drive.

Reports of car windows smashed with BB guns or "wrist rockets" began coming in about 11:20 p.m. Friday, police said. Many residents called police later in the day when they discovered their cars had been damaged.

Car windows were smashed in the following areas: 60 block of Oakmont Avenue; Glen Alpine Road at Sotelo Avenue; 1600 block of Lower Grand Avenue; 10 block of Sotelo; 30 block of Sotelo; Keefer Court at Jerome Avenue; 10 block of Glen Alpine; 300 block of Hampton Road; 300 block of Jerome Avenue; 900 block of Moraga Avenue.

Car windows also were smashed at: 500 block of Moraga Avenue; 100 block of Hazel Lane; 90 block of Oakmont Avenue; 1400 block of Oakland Avenue; 500 block of Boulevard Way; 10 block of Bonita Avenue; 300 block of Magnolia Avenue; 100 block of Crocker Avenue; 1600 block Lower Grand Avenue; 200 block Moraga Avenue.

Piedmont police Capt. John Hunt said there were even more incidents where the victim did not want a formal report taken, bringing the toll to 30 or more damaged vehicles.

Hunt said a few years ago there was a similar rash of vandalism. The acts seemed to be random, with the "wrist rockets" or BB guns likely used to smash car windows.

Because the incidents all seem to be related, the suspect or suspects could be subject to a felony, if the total damage is estimated over $10,000.

By Linda Davis

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