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75 cars found with their windows smashed in Hakodate

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Seventy-five cars had their windows smashed in on Saturday night and early Sunday morning in Hakodate City with some of the cars missing bags, CDs and other personal belongings, police said Sunday.

Police said the cars had their windows smashed between around 7 p.m. Saturday night and 3 a.m. Sunday morning. They were parked in apartment building car parks and on streets near Goryokaku Park, all within a radius of about one kilometer.

Police received a call from a resident at about 7 p.m. who said the side mirror on his car had been broken off, and another resident told police on Sunday that he heard the sound of glass smashing at around 1.30 a.m.

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What, no cameras?

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Check local glass shops! Maybe business was a little slow so they decided to generate a little "demand for services".

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do you have any idea how loud that would be. how in the world did no one notice or see it? this coming from a land of people who spy and rat on people putting garbage out on the wrong day.

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I know the occasional "smash and grab" happens everywhere, but damn! 75 cars within a km? Impressive to say the least...

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these cars didn't have alarms?

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No doubt smashed by tadpoles falling from the sky.

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bumblebee had a tantrum..

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do you have any idea how loud that would be.

Do you? Toughened glass, often used for side and rear windows of cars, will shatter easily and quietly if you hit it near a corner with a sharp object.

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Stonecoldsoba - how do you know that? ;-) Anyway, Hakodate is a port city - no doubt some booze-fuelled FOREIGN sailors going on a rampage....

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Probably some kids throwing a baseball around.

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Smash and grab just like in the movies. Or perhaps it is a form of mailbox baseball?

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75 cars ..

it's amazing how they escaped WITHOUT being noticed doing the process .. I mean if it takes at least 3 mins to rob a car it would take them at least 3 hrs to do the whole process :)

someones sleeping on the job huh ..

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kyourin - more likely a few people (Japanese never do things alone), doing a few cars at the same time - smash and grab (30 seconds or so each car) be all over in less than 10 minutes...

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could have been hail...

this almost sounds like a normal night in any big city in North America. About 20 years ago my car was one of over 60 cars that had their window(s) shot out one night by some kids with a pellet gun. They caught the punks but since they were minors there was not much done and I still had to pay the deductable to get the glass changed. Buggers!!!

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this type of persistent behaviour is entirely consistent with those suffering from neurosis. the perpetrator is clearly acting out those frustrations against what they see to be the enemy. the police must check the criminal records of those who bear grudges against cars

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No doubt smashed by tadpoles falling from the sky.

:D

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Oh, my idyllic memories of Hakodate have forever been tainted.

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Rage by youths against the richer car owners or may be due to many other issues of youths/youth gangs.

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Three minutes? Nope. You go down the line, only put effort into things you can see and grab in that instant. I parked in a garage that got hit with a smash and grab once. My car and two others were spared because we had "alarms" in the cars. In my case the alarm was just a blinking light, but it was enough to make them move on to the next.

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