Oct. 18, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
More than a dozen vehicles on 43rd Street had their windows smashed and interior rummaged through seemingly overnight, the Sunnyside Post has learned.
At least 14 vehicles, parked under the LIRR overpass on 43rd Street between 37th and Barnett Avenues, were found this morning with their front passenger side windows broken in. The bulk of the cars were on the west side of the street, with three cars observed on the east side.
The vehicles appear to have been foraged through, with papers and other common glove box items seen thrown around.
It is unclear when the break-ins happened and if it was committed by a single person or a group.
While the sheer number of cars with broken windows have alarmed many, it’s not the first time such an incident has happened under the overpass.
Margot Garnick, a Sunnyside resident for the past five and a half years, noticed the smashed-in cars at around 8 a.m. while walking her dog, and shared a list of the vandalized cars and their descriptions on social media.
Garnick has seen cars along this strip broken into in the past, but never in such numbers.
Garnick said she’s tried calling police about it in the past, which hasn’t resulted in much, since there was no crime actively being committed by the time the shattered windows were spotted.
Zubin Soleimany, who has lived in the neighborhood for nine years, was walking down 43rd Street when he stopped—stunned—to see yet another window-smashing had taken place.
“It’s not uncommon that you’re here or on Barnett [Avenue] that you might see broken glass,” he said.
He said it happened to his sister-in-law’s car, too, in the past.
It is unclear if police are aware of the current round of car window-smashing at the spot. An NYPD spokesperson could not immediately confirm if calls were put in recently about window breaking or theft, and noted that it depends on whether the victims filed police reports.
Garnick said police should take more action to secure the relatively remote underpass section.
“I wish that the police put security cameras or something,” she said. “I report it in the past and it never seems to be taken seriously. Clearly, it’s a problem.”