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40 cars hit in vandalism spree

Police were searching on Friday for two boys who fled after smashing the windows of as many as 40 cars in an Oslo neighbourhood during the night. It’s one of the worst episodes of vandalism in the capital so far this year.

“I’m just furious right now,” one car owner told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Friday morning. “My windshield is smashed, this is a terrible scene.”

He was among homeowners in Oslo’s Bjølsen district, north of downtown, who were victimized by the vandals, who struck around 4am.

One man said he heard noises outside his apartment in Stavangergata at Bjølsen, looked outside and saw two boys vandalizing cars in the street. He called the police and three patrol cars headed for the scene, but arrived too late to catch the culprits.

“This means high costs and despair,” he told NRK. His windshield had been destroyed as well.

NRK’s reporter said it looked like most of the vandalism had been carried out with bottles, which also were found broken on or near the damaged cars.

There’s been a recent sharp rise in car break-ins and vandalism in Oslo, along with home break-ins that are sending insurance rates up.

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