MTA Offers $10K Reward To Find Subway Window Smashers

Joe Avellar
August 24, 2020 - 7:53 pm
7 train subway

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA is now offering thousands of dollars to anyone who has information on the vandal who smashed in windows on several 7 line trains.

More than seventy subway windows have been busted by a hammer wielding person, or people, on the train line that leads to Flushing in Queens. 

The cost of the vandalism is about $300,000, not to mention the inconvenience to commuters with trains knocked out of service.

The damage has caused dozens of trains to be taken out of service as they immediately need to be brought in for repairs.

The MTA on Monday held a press conference with the NYPD in hopes of raising awareness about the vandalism to help find the perpetrator(s).

“There has to have been some witnesses to this vandalism over the last couple of months,” said MTA chief Della Torre. 

According to authorities, the window smashing on the 7 line has been happening since May 8.

Just this weekend, there was 21 windows smashed on two different trains, amounting to $10,000 in damage.

MTA Chief Safety and Security Officer Patrick Warren said some 400 subway train windows have been broken on multiple lines since April.

Officials believe the vandalism is happening while the train is in motion, and they think the vandalism is occurring on board the trains. 

“Somebody is taking what appears to be some kind of blunt instrument—could be a hammer, could be a pipe, could be a baseball bat—and breaking the windows from the inside,” Warren said over the weekend.

The MTA is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment of those responsible. 

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