Denver police searching for vandals after smart cars tipped

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DENVER — At least five smart cars were tipped over in the early morning hours Sunday, the Denver Police Department said. At least two of the vehicles appear to be from the ride-sharing service Car2Go.

“It’s kind of like cow tipping back in the day, but a lot more destructive,” Matt Alcorn said of the damage.

When Alcorn went to grab his newspaper outside his Washington Park home Sunday morning, he looked across the street to find the damage.

“I saw a Car2Go tipped over on its side,” he said.

He snapped a picture and called police.

“All of the windows were broken out where it landed on the ground,” he said.

Denver police officers were responding to calls through the early-morning hours. The vandals hit several intersections: Ellsworth Avenue and Pennsylvania Street; Ellsworth and Pearl Street; Alameda Avenue and Downing Street; Clarkson Street and Bayaud Avenue; and Alameda Avenue and Franklin Street.

“You definitely need a few people to do that,” said Josh Devereaux, who lives in the area. “You can’t just do it with one person.”

Police are looking for four men seen running from the area through an alley. But with no suspect descriptions, they are asking any witnesses to come forward.

Meanwhile, neighbors have their own message for the vandals.

“Just respect other people`s property,” Alcorn said. “It’s not yours. Don’t destroy it. Don’t break it.”

There was no word on the cost of damage.

“We will continue to work closely with local law enforcement officials as they investigate this unfortunate incident,” Car2Go Denver General Manager Michael Pletsch said in a statement.

FOX31 Denver’s Amanda Zitzman wrote and contributed to this report. 

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