Smashed Prius windshield may not be the only one

A Sunset Hill neighbor emailed us to say the windshield on his Prius was smashed by a baseball bat early this morning.

“A number of street-parked Prius’ windshields were targeted and smashed last night,” he says. “Ours was batted in at 12:15 a.m.” When he called police, he says the officer told him that there has been a rash of attacks on these particular vehicles. The suspect, he says, “sped off in a loud throaty-sounding SUV.”

We spoke with Renee Witt of the Seattle Police Department who confirmed that there was at least one other incident involving a Prius windshield. She said that this windshield was smashed in before midnight on Friday night, 45 minutes before the above incident. She said the owner told police that they believed a sign had been thrown on the windshield. Their back tail light was also busted out. Witt says the victim didn’t see or hear a suspect vehicle.

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angelatini
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angelatini

Did he see the suspect in an SUV or just assume it was an SUV? *rolls eyes* It could very well have been a big old truck with that “throaty sound.” Not cool about the rash of attacks, but I'd hate to think that they jumped to the conclusion that it was an SUV without actually seeing it.

Jesse
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Jesse

but you go right ahead and jump to the conclusion that he made it up!

SPG
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SPG

Is he sure it wasn't a club? Cavemen prefer clubs over baseball bats. Bats are too effete and modern.

Freddie
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Freddie

Guess this is pay back for enviro-looneys slashing SUV's tires.

Silver
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Tire slashing FUV's is SO caveman!

I prefer the ever-so-subtle addition of a bumper sticker that says:

“I'm changing the environment. Ask me how!”

MidWest
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MidWest

IMHO, more likely alcohol + testosterone + boredom=stupid behavior like this.

SeattleRichardson
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SeattleRichardson

My relatives Toyota Camry had it's airbags stolen last night in Sunset hill… the car was even locked. They didn't realise until they drove it this afternoon… maybe the same people??? I will tell them about this post as it might be connected.

Silver
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That's just bizarre.

fbt09
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fbt09

It's the middle of the night and dark.
Everyone hears two loud smashing sounds and a car alarm and looks outside. The car's owner sees a truck or SUV speed away. Two neighbors see an SUV speed away. All heard a custom loud exhaust system on the getaway vehicle. There were no other vehicles driving around here at that time. So angelatini can unroll and open his eyes now.
Whatever the details, there are angry nut-cases out there who can't control themselves in public.
We all should speak out when these kinds of things happen.
There's more. At around 5 AM this morning, someone drives down the street firing a small gun 5-10 times.
I think most of us can at least agree we don't want that kind of mentality here in Ballard, or anywhere.

Idle activist
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Idle activist

Hey, I drive my SUV once a week, you drive a Prius everyday, who has the bigger carbon foot print?

BTown
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BTown

That is pathetic. I wonder if someone is “making” business for themselves. A friend of mine who lives in South Park had someone nail gun every street side tire on 3 or 4 blocks a couple years ago. The figured it was someone who owned a Tire store.

ralphie
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ralphie

don't worry angelatini, we know it wasn't your SUV…

you gas-guzzling hog!

BTown
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BTown

Did they find any shells from the gun?

It's still weird that someone would break Prius windows, SUV driver or not, fuel is pretty cheep right now.

MidWest
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MidWest

Does anybody have a better description of the vehicle that sped away? This would be really helpful, but circumstances could prevent a good look.

So sad somebody smashed windshields-my wife has a Prius, and would be extremely freaked out at that kind of violence being done to her car.

Idle Activist; my wife often walks to work. My own car has 12,000 miles after 5 years-you do the math. We walk a lot! Please don't generalize.

WTF on a gun being fired at 5am!? Where was this-that's scary!

The gun shells may not be ejected (revolver), or might not eject outside if fired from inside a vehicle, thus depriving the police of some evidence (unfortunately) of amazingly stupid criminal behavior.

boardbrown
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boardbrown

This is classic redneck idiot thinking at it's best.

Freddie
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Freddie

As opposed to the buffoons who torch SUVs in dealerships; they're the picture of urban sophistication.

Jesse
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Jesse

did anybody say the opposite is okay? i'm sorry you feel guilty for your gas guzzler, but your broken record is boring.

MidWest
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MidWest

Freddie, if the story posted was “Ballard Auto Dealership Hit By Arson”, regarding a torched SUV, then I would respond very negatively to the criminal destruction of property, and would support efforts to catch the individual(s) and put them behind bars.

Generalizations are usually not accurate or helpful.

So far, no comments are supporting burning any type of vehicle, SUV or otherwise. Why/where do you see anyone supporting this idea?

So far, the thread is regarding 3 witnesses to an SUV speeding away after criminal damage to a vehicle. I feel awful for the folks having to deal with this.

Please try to think of those who got their windshields smashed, and in exchange I'll chime in for prosecution of the perpetrators if there's a story on SUVs being burned, ok? Criminal damage is criminal damage.

None of us want this to happen to any of us (I would only hope).

boardbrown
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boardbrown

OK, then I'd label it “classic hippie idiot thinking”. Idiots either way.

BTW, I consider myself somewhat of a redneck. But certainly not an idiot one.

boardbrown
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boardbrown

Speaking of big old trucks, I love that old International pick up on 65th near 32nd. I'd love to get my hands on one of those!

boardbrown
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boardbrown

What? Airbags? That doesn't even seem possible. So they took apart the dashboard to remove them? Jesus!

Euro
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Euro

“a loud throaty-sounding SUV.” – that's a V8 to you hippie!

In all seriousness this kind of idiocy needs to be stamped out, surely people that dumb are easier for the cops to catch ?

SeattleRichardson
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SeattleRichardson

yeah and the car was locked, so they either had a slim jim or a master key because they didn't even know it happened until they drove….

angelatini
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angelatini

Why don't you try some reading comprehension. I said “I'd hate to think that they jumped to the conclusion.” Does that say “they made it up”? No, it doesn't. FAIL.

This statement “sped off in a loud throaty-sounding SUV” infers that only a sound was heard…that is why I questioned if they saw it or not.

angelatini
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angelatini

I am not a man, brainiac.

And AGAIN: The statement “sped off in a loud throaty-sounding SUV” infers that only a sound was heard…that is why I questioned if they saw it or not. God forbid I use humor that some peabrains can't grasp.