Wild video shows NYC serial subway vandal smashing OMNY sensors in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) -- Police have released surveillance video of a person they say has vandalized turnstiles at two MTA subway stations on seven different occasions.

The incidents took place between May 31 and June 14.

Investigators say the same man smashed OMNY sensors with an unknown object at the Borough Hall and Court Street stations.

Video shows the masked suspect walking up to the turnstile and violently smashing two different OMNY units then walking away.



No one was hurt during any of the incidents, but the damage to the sensor units is estimated to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

MTA spokesman Tim Minton released the following statement Friday morning:

"Vandalism of OMNY equipment is senseless, delays riders, costs taxpayers money that could be spent improving service and can result in turnstiles being taken out of service for extended periods while repairs are made. We are cooperating with the NYPD investigation, are grateful for their efforts to apprehend the perpetrator and intend to seek restitution when they make an arrest."

Police are asking for the public's helping tracking down the suspect.

Call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by messaging on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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