Orono police searching for carp-wielding squad car vandal
|The vandal approaches Orono squad cars, giant carp in tow.|
Nonetheless, giant carp turned out to be an as-of-yet-unapprehended Orono vandal's weapon of choice last week when he decided to do some damage to police squad cars.
On Thursday morning around 1:30 a.m., the vandal spray-painted an obscenity on two squads, then used 30-plus pound fish to try and bash in the windows of four police vehicles. Three of the fish hit cars without doing serious damage, but one shattered a brand new squad's rear windshield.
The incident was caught on the Orono police station's video surveillance system, and a reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
|One fish broke a windshield, but three others were left to decompose on or around the squads.|
Sergeant Tony Wittke told WCCO that the carp-smashing "is a pain, because we don't have a lot of cars."
"The one that went through the window, that one was stinky inside," he said, adding that damage from the spray-paint and broken windshield ended up costing the Orono PD about $2,500.
Makes you wonder -- why use a fish rather than a baseball bat or hammer?