Vandals broke in to at least seven cars on Hampton Avenue in Manhattan Beach last night, leaving shattered glass and debris scattered across the sidewalks.
The incidents occurred in the middle of the night, with seven cars hit on Hampton Avenue between Coleridge Street and Brighton 14th Street, reports resident Zvi G., who sent in these photos of the leftovers.
Police were seen on-scene with car owners this morning. Zvi was not a victim and could not say if any items were taken from the cars.
Car break-ins have plagued the neighborhood for some time, and remains one of the toughest challenges for the 61st Precinct according to its commander, Captain John Chell.
The incident follows on the heels of a previous rash of break-ins in the neighborhood just two weeks ago, when several cars on Shore Boulevard, Hampton Avenue and Emmons Avenue were hit. Earlier this year, several cars were broken into in Homecrest, and last year and in 2010, large sprees occurred on the poorly-lit Shore Parkway streets.
Chell discussed the issue at the most recent 61st Precinct Community Council meeting, reminding residents that the police will continue to do their best, but residents also need to step it up by not leaving items – no matter how small – inside the car, and especially not in open view.
“We, collectively, I think we’re all guilty. We run to the store, running late to be home, we leave our bag in the car and we make mistakes. And it kind of hurts us,” Chell said at the meeting.
Here are more photos of last night’s auto-carnage: