TEANECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police say they are on the trail of a suspect on a violent vandalism spree a tight-knit Bergen County community.
Dozens of homes and cars have been hit in a seven-block radius of Teaneck, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported Tuesday.
CBS 2 was on the scene as police responded to a home on Lincoln Place where a main piece of evidence was gathered — a brick.
Investigators say a suspect on a bike has been terrorizing residents in the neighborhood, smashing the windows of cars and homes.
“I heard a loud crash in the night around 11:30 and I came home this morning and found a brick thrown through our garage,” resident Rachel Feldman said.
Right around the corner the suspect tossed a brick through the window of a house on Claremont Avenue, hitting a teenager in the head, police said.
“On the couch underneath that window was an 18-year-old female, who was laying down when she got struck in the face with either broken glass or the piece of the brick,” Teaneck Police Lt. Det. Andrew McGurr said.
The teen’s family told Sloan that she was okay, but little else.
“She was injured; had to get stitches,” McGurr said.
Feldman said she was shaken up even though no one in her home was hurt.
“These people who commit these crimes don’t think about the victims and how they are affected — and it’s awful,” Feldman said.
A few blocks away on Lincoln Place, Tom Schaitberger was fast asleep at 11:30 p.m. when something woke him up.
“It woke me up, but I didn’t know what the noise was,” he told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.
It was not until the morning that he saw the jagged hole in the bay window and the brick.
“All the glass – you could see all the glass down in here,” he said.
What makes the crime different from others is the suspect actually walked up the driveway and then smashed the garage window, Sloan reported.
“It is unnerving because we have a path that goes toward the back,” Feldman said.
Four homes and nine cars were hit Monday night within a two-hour period, police said, adding they believe the attacks were random.
“She called me and said my car window had gotten smashed,” said Anthony Aprenda, recounting a conversation he had with his mother.
Another neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, said he got a glimpse of the suspect.
“I saw a guy flying by at the end of that on a bicycle in a white shirt,” the witness said.
Police said they know the identity of their suspect, a man who is over the age of 18 and who they believe is responsible for shattering the windows of more than a dozen cars earlier this month.
“People either don’t have feelings or what – I don’t understand it,” Schaitberger said.
Police said nothing was stolen and are asking residents to let them know if they’ve been a victim, Sloan reported.
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