Police: Torching Of Brooklyn Cars May Have Been Insurance Scam

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A fire bombing of cars in Brooklyn two months ago had investigators believing it was a hate crime, but now they think it may have been arson to claim insurance money, CBS 2’s John Slattery reports.

In a predominantly Jewish neighborhood on Ocean Parkway in Midwood, three cars were torched, a fourth was damaged, and messages of hate: swastikas, “KKK” and “(Expletive) the Jews” were scrawled on the cars and on nearby benches.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind said police think some of the evidence was concocted to look like a hate crime, but not very well.

“The beer bottles, the day this happened, a high-ranking police officer told me these beer bottles were a set up,” he said.

kkk Police: Torching Of Brooklyn Cars May Have Been Insurance Scam

'KKK' is scrawled on a car in Midwood on Nov. 11, 2011. (credit: CBS 2)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued the following statement the day of the torching, Nov. 11:

“New York City is home to more than 8 million of the most open and tolerant people in the world. But even here, there are occasional incidents involving actions that are hateful or vicious or both. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is actively investigating the twisted person or people who attacked cars, benches, and a sidewalk on a block of Ocean Parkway early this morning. The Hate Crimes Task Force, like so many other teams at our Police Department, is the world’s best, as today’s arrest for swastikas painted in Queens during October and early November shows. In fact, hate crimes are down nearly 30 percent citywide so far this year and are down roughly 33 percent in Brooklyn’s 66th Precinct.

The fact that this most recent attack came on the heels of the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht may or may not be a coincidence. Either way, this kind of hateful act has no place in the freest city in the freest country in the world.”

Police sources said the firebombing was not likely a hate crime, but an insurance scam, and could have been manufactured by someone outside the community.

One tell-tale sign was that the beer bottles found at the scene had the prints wiped off.

“Someone in the Police Department said the odd thing is KKK and a swastika don’t usually go hand in hand,” Hikind said.

Residents in the area were not surprised by the scam theory.

“You meet people every day, they cheat on their taxes, scam insurance companies every which way,” said neighbor Vince Vivona.

“It doesn’t make me happy, but I really don’t know what’s going on,” another neighbor said.

Cell phones of the car owners and cameras for blocks around will be examined for possible clues.

Regardless of what was behind it, the community wants an arrest.

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  • Meme Meyagi

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  • Mike

    “freest city” what a joke. NYC is going the way of London. This coming from a mayor who bought his third term. I thank myself for leaving Brooklyn 3 yrs ago every day.

  • IgnoranteElephante

    Anyone notice that the original story which had 40 to 50 comments critical of the Jews, their preferential treatment, and their rush to judgment was deleted? Not one of the comments was violent, threatening, or used profane language, yet CBS took the unprecedented step of deleting the entire story and comments.

    We know who’s running the show at CBS, but that’s no surprise.

    • Amtracmarine

      You’re right, I posted last night and it’s gone .

  • T.J.McBearsofBrooklyn

    the wind blows over a menorah, someone scrawls a stastika with a crayon, I have been hearing this for 38 years in BK–please show me the klansman, and the skinheads and holocaust deniers, we know they are running all around Brooklyn (according to Hikind)

  • scott

    When they catch these individuals for what is suspected as insurance fraud, they should charge them with the maximum charges – including hate charges, even though the firesetters could be Jewish. The authorities should wait until the alleged perps file a written loss statement with their insurance companies and mail those statements thru the U.S. Mails. That would be another charge of mail fraud, a federal crime. This case seems fairly simple to solve. Let the experts handle the case – the NYC Fire Marshal’s and let the chips fall as they may.

  • julianpenrod

    The fact is that it’s gotten so that the issue of “hate” crimes has become something almost no one would touch. Someone yelled “racism” or “bigot” or “anti-Semitic” and, for the most part, all inquiry would stop. The corporate controlled “news” asked no questions and the police picked up who was available. Discussion on the kids taken from parents because they name one “Adolph Hitler” crops up in the press, but doesn’t last long. If it was revealed that a bus line through a Muslim neightborhood required women to sit in the back, the place would be torched, but no action seems to be being taken about the discrimination against women being carried out in a Jewish neighborhood. And, unfortunately, this openness about an evident use of “hate” crimes to mask insurance frauds likely will not persist unless the willingness and readiness not to run from artificial and contrived implications is shown.

    • its good to know

      You got it wrong about women being discriminated against with separate seating. We are not comfortable sitting next to the opposite gender. Our tradition of modesty teaches us not to touch or mix with male society.
      There is alot more respect for women in our community. Flirting and fooling around are not found as commonly as in non modest communities.

      If we dont feel bothered by separate seating, why do you. Do you really care so deeply about Jewish women that you are so outraged.

  • jay

    the biggest hate crime was perpetrated by these Jews who committed the scam. they are telling the world that Jews are cheaters.

  • Harry Bertram

    These criminals should be charged with racial incitement and a hate crime for blaming this on “anti-semitism”! Dov Hikind should be the first to go!

  • Glenn Erdmann

    Jewish lightning?

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