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Thieves swiping car mirrors

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:30 am

At least a dozen cars in South Richmond Hill have been vandalized in the last few weeks, with their side-view mirrors stolen in the dead of night.

Most of the those targeted were on 125th Street near Liberty Avenue, but cars have been vandalized in a three-block area in the neighborhood.

The thieves do not appear to be taking the entire mirror off the car, but rather popping the glass from the frame.

Published reports highlighted one resident who had the mirror glass stolen right out of its frame on his Lincoln. He said it would cost $250 to fix.

Security cameras have been unable to catch the thieves in the act, even NYPD security cameras, which can be found on major streets like Liberty and 101st avenues.

Residents say they suspect the thieves are professionals who are selling the mirrors on the black market.

The 106th Precinct has had issues with car vandalism recently, most recently in Ozone Park during the winter.

The NYPD declined to comment on any leads on the mirror thefts.

— Domenick Rafter

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