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Police looking for vandal who damaged security cameras in two Sunnyside subway stations

vandal damaged cameras in Sunnyside subway stations
Cops are looking for this man who allegedly smashed surveillance cameras inside two Sunnyside subway stations on the 7 line. (Courtesy of NYPD)

A vandal has been smashing multiple surveillance cameras inside two Sunnyside 7 subway stations in the last month.

Police from the 108th Precinct in Long Island City and Transit District 20 are looking for the suspect who intentionally damaged nine cameras belonging to the MTA, police said, adding that the value of the damaged surveillance equipment is valued at around $3,000.

The unidentified man struck twice at two separate subway stations on Monday, June 27, first on the northbound 7 train platform at the 40 Street-Lowery station just after 2 p.m. The suspect smashed four security cameras before taking off in an unknown direction, police said.

About 15 minutes later, the vandal showed up on the northbound platform of the 46 Street-Bliss Street station where another three security cameras were smashed before the suspect took off in an unknown direction.

After a brief hiatus, the vandal returned to the 40 Street-Lowery Street station just after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, and bashed two more surveillance cameras before taking off in an unknown direction, police said.

The NYPD released surveillance images on Tuesday that shows the suspect with unkempt dark hair and a light complexion wearing a red T-shirt and dark sweatpants with a black bag slung over his shoulder. In a second photo, the suspect was wearing a blue T-shirt and gray shorts.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspects is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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