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St. John's man stumped by vandal attack

The windows of Mark Gauci’s Mercedes were vandalized in his driveway on Highland Drive overnight on Feb. 22.
The windows of Mark Gauci’s Mercedes were vandalized in his driveway on Highland Drive overnight on Feb. 22. - Submitted

Windows of Mercedes smashed by unknown assailant

A St. John’s man’s average morning took a negative turn when he found the windows of his car smashed out.

Mark Gauci was getting ready to take his kids to school when he found broken glass in and around his vehicle.

The car was parked in his driveway on Highland Drive when it was vandalized in the early morning of Feb. 22.

There were two vehicles parked in the driveway, but his was the only one damaged, he said.

“I looked around and realized, no other vehicles had been vandalized, and thought that really strange,” he said.

He doesn’t believe this to be a personal attack, he said.

“I couldn’t recall anybody that would want to do this to me. I’m the person who lets people out in traffic and actually uses his indicator,” he said.

It’s still hard to believe, he said.

“It was very surreal. You hear about it happening to other people, but when it happens to you it’s a whole other story.”

All the car doors had been locked and nothing was taken, he said.

“All that leads me to believe that they did it, just for the sake of doing it.”

On March 1, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary released security camera footage of a similar incident that occurred on Savanah Drive on Feb. 22 around 10:30 p.m.

In the video, a truck pulls into a driveway. Two people with covered faces run up to a vehicle parked in the driveway and smash its windows with baseball bats.

They run back to the truck, get in, back out of the driveway and flee the scene.

On March 2, the RNC released a video to its Facebook page showing a similar incident that occurred at the same address on Feb. 14.

In that video, a truck pulls up to the end of the driveway, one person gets out, runs up to a vehicle parked in the driveway and smashes its windows with a baseball bat. The person gets back into the vehicle and it flees the scene.

Police say they don’t believe the incidents on Savanah Drive to be connected to the incident that occurred on Highland Drive.

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