Five cars torched in Upper Manhattan

March 21, 2011 10:36:06 AM PDT
It's the kind of senseless vandalism that leaves most of us shaking our heads in disgust.

At least five parked cars were set on fire on Sunday morning.

The vehicle owners are wondering who would do such a thing and why?

"I came out this morning walking my puppy and saw my car burned to a crisp. At first I thought it was electrical but then I looked across the street and saw two other cars," Andre Eaton said.

Eaton found his pride and joy, a mint condition 1999 Lexus, torched.

He says losing the luxury car hurts, but knowing what it took to earn it stings.

"I work 12 hours a day every day. It's my toy, my possession. And now it's gone," Eaton said.

Firefighters responded to five back-to-back car fires early Sunday morning.

First at 5:12 a.m. on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and West 152nd Street.

The second, at 5:54 a.m. at West 154th Street and Macombs Place.

The third, at 6:08 a.m. at Bradhurst and West 149th.

The fourth at 5:35 a.m. again at 152nd Street and Powell.

And finally at 7:20 a.m. at 8th Avenue and West 137th.

Tawanna Brockington had her rental car parked a few feet away from one of the incidents.

She's moving the newer model Camry to a parking garage.

"I think people think it's fun and games but it's not. I don't know what they think they'll get out of this. People put their hard earned money here and now they have to get a new car," Brockington said.

Like Andre who's trying to figure out who did this and why.

"I've been here a long time and I've never seen anything like this," Eaton said.

The fire marshal is investigating.