Vandals Dressed as KISS Wreck Havoc at New Jersey Auto Body Shop
KISS generally love to brag about their legions of fans who dress up like the face-painted hard rock legends and emulate the band. Here’s an exception: WCBS-FM reports that four men — wearing masks resembling makeup worn by KISS guitarist Paul Stanley — walked onto the lot of a Saddle Brook auto body shop on March 14 and caused an estimated $40,000 worth of damage on over two dozen cars during a 20-minute vandalism rampage. The destruction was caught on video surveillance cameras — provided by SB Maaco Auto Body Shop on North Fifth Street and released by police last Thursday, March 13 — showing several clues left behind.
“We definitely have some direct evidence related to the crime scene,” said Saddle Brook Deputy Police Chief Robert White. “I believe it’s only a matter of time before they are apprehended.”
In addition to the surveillance video, there is plenty of evidence being used by police: fingerprints from a shovel used and dropped by nearby railroad tracks headed toward Garfield; fingerprints from two cars (the suspects do not appear to be wearing gloves); one man was wearing an elbow cast; and one suspect was wearing a New York Rangers hockey jersey — that of former captain Brian Leetch.
Here is CBS New York‘s report on the incident.
– EJ Judge, WCBS-FM, New York