Cars in St. Paul's vandalized overnight

Affected homes had Liberal election signs on lawn

Police are investigating after residents living near Mt.
Pleasant and Eglinton awoke this morning to find their cars keyed and tires slashed.

About 10 cars were vandalized overnight, police say, at residential properties bearing election signs in support of Carolyn Bennett, the incumbent Liberal candidate for the riding.

Affected streets include Soudan Avenue, Hoyle Avenue, Mann Avenue, and Banff Road.

Staff Sergeant Andy Norrie said there was “at least” one eyewitness to some of the incidents, and police are now trying to determine if there are camera surveillance images of the suspect.

The vandalism bears striking similarity to a disturbing incident that occurred during the 2008 election, when several residents in the same neighbourhood had their brake lines cut.

The affected residences also had Carolyn Bennett election signs on their lawn as well.

Though police investigated, no arrests were made.

“So far, we haven’t heard of any brakes being cut,” said Lynne Steele, Bennett’s campaign manager.

The campaign office received their first report about the incident around 9:50 a.m.

“We’ve been addressing this issue all morning,” Steele said, adding one resident who reported damage to a car was also victimized in 2008.

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By: Karolyn Coorsh
Posted: Apr 22 2011 4:01 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto