Cars torched on Long Island

August 1, 2008 1:12:38 PM PDT
Police on Long Island are searching for the person or persons who torched several cars in Port Jefferson Station.Neighbors say it felt like the street was under attack Thursday night, with car fires springing up just about everywhere.

One classic Chevy was one of the victims. The car is melted and the damage irreversible.

"Your car's on fire, and you get up, it's a little unreal," victim Jaimie Smorshok said. "We come out, and smoke was billowing out of the back of the car. We're still trying to figure out what was going on."

Smorshok though she was having a nightmare. At about 3:30 a.m., her car was engulfed in flames, melting from the inside out. She had left the car unlocked, and vandals threw something inside. Now, the vehicle she held near and dear to her heart is destroyed.

"Devastating, really," she said. "It's scary. You live in a neighborhood where you think you're safe, and then there's cars on fire everywhere."

Residents say the quiet neighborhood was under attack, as vandals struck a total seven cars. All of the vehicles were either unlocked or had open windows, according to authorities. Thefts of electronic and personal items from several of the vehicles were reported by the owners. Police are investigating who did it and why.

"It's pretty senseless," victim Laura Devine said. "I don't see what would bring a person to decide, hey, let's go out tonight and light some cars on fire. I just don't understand it."

Police are actively investigated, and neighbors say they want the vandal or vandals caught.

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lauren DeFranco

WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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