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NJ Police Arrest Teens In Kiss Mask Vandalism Case

Men in Kiss masks vandalize New Jersey auto body shop (Credit: CBS 2)

Men in Kiss masks vandalize New Jersey auto body shop (Credit: CBS 2)

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SADDLE BROOK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police have arrested all four teenagers suspected of trashing more than two dozen cars while wearing masks similar to the makeup used by the rock group Kiss.

The four caused $40,000 in damage at SB Maaco Auto Body Shop earlier this month, Saddle Brook police said.

“It’s great, everybody in the shop is really happy that they caught him,” shop owner Walter Karol told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.

Two of the boys are from Garfield and the others are from Elmwood Park and Rochelle Park, the Record newspaper reported. Their names have not been released because they’re juveniles.

Karol said he’s not surprised to hear the suspects are relatively young.

“They weren’t very smart about it. I mean, they wore masks but then don’t wear gloves, I mean come on,” he told Putney. “Lots of clues.”

In addition to the fingerprints, surveillance cameras showed one of the suspects with a cast on his left hand. Another had on distinctive red sneakers, Putney reported.

The damage has been repaired on most of the cars.

Saddle Brook police said the teens have all been released to their parents and will face juvenile court proceedings.

Security video showed the four used metal pipes, a fire extinguisher and a shovel to smash windshields and windows during a 20-minute rampage. The suspects also sprayed graffiti on 25 cars sitting at the shop, CBS 2 reported.

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