Vandals Smash Man’s Hummer

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 26, 2005

WASHINGTON – Vandals smashed the windows of a new Hummer parked in a neighborhood, slashed the tires and left a message _ “FOR THE ENVIRON” _ scratched into the body, authorities said.

The sport utility vehicle was parked for five days on the street before two masked men attacked it.

“The thought of somebody vandalizing it never crossed my mind,” said Gareth Groves, who lives near American University in Northwest Washington. “I’ve kind of been in shock.”

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Police said they see small acts of vandalism in the area from time to time, but they have not seen anything so severe, or with such a clear political message, in recent years.

“This seems to be an isolated event,” Cmdr. Andy Solberg said.

Investigators said they are searching for the vandals but don’t have many leads. Witnesses said they saw two men smash up the 7-foot-tall SUV early Monday and then run off.

Now, as Groves contemplates what to do with the remains of his $38,000 Hummer, he has had to deal with a number of people who have driven by the crime scene and glared at him in smug satisfaction.

“I’d say one in five people who come by have that ‘you-got-what-you-deserve’ look,” said his friend Andy Sexton.

Groves said he believes it was done by kids “and they were using that message as a cover.”

A service of the Associated Press(AP)