Scott’s Addition is the target of vandals. Car owners woke up this weekend to find their windshields smashed. Damage estimates are in the thousands. All the cars were discovered with busted windshields along Myers Street, some are suspecting this may be the result of a viral internet video fad.
YouTube is filled with videos of people participating in what is being called “put em in a coffin.” It’s a dangerous fad where people record themselves throwing their whole body up against a car.
Jack Haskins is a manager of Autopart International on Myers St. He says he has heard of the video fad and suspects that exactly what happened to one of his work vehicles.
“Some people going around the country and they jump up and fly on cars and try to break the windshields out,” said Haskins.
Police say in all 5 cars were hit late Saturday night, an eye witness who works at an area restaurant says they watched as what appeared to be teenagers climbed on the hood of a car and then smashed the windshield. Residents are on edge.
“It’s kind of disappointing because it is a vibrant community, real diverse, I am not going to say quiet a lot goes on but there is no type of vandalism,” said Brett Fortune, who lives in the area.
Police are investigating but some wish they would do more to clean up the street and add more lights to hopefully keep these things from happening again.
“It’s just this one strip that is kind of seedy and it’s a shame that there isn’t a little more maintenance of this area, you can see trash and it kind of invites a bad element out here,” said Steve Rossie who also lives in the area.
If you have any information about this crime you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.