LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – A smash and dash in the parking lot of a South Florida office building left behind some serious damage to several Caribbean radio employees’ cars.
Behind a building along 441, north of Oakland Park Boulevard, Monday morning, five cars were damaged by bricks and other objects.
Many of the cars seemed to be linked to WZOP radio.
WZOP radio caters to the Caribbean community, being a Caribbean and community-based station.
“It’s a community station. Basically, we cover most of the Caribbean American community,” said WZOP morning show host, Michael “Mikey Mike” Downer.
The station is cast from a particular part of the building, and the majority of the cars that were damaged had the lettering logo of WZOP on the vehicle.
Employees were confused as to why this may have happened.
“We don’t need this right now,” said Downer. “I mean we come here to base. We’re not a big station, so we don’t have that big budget to fix stuff.”
“They took my tag off my car, flattened my tires, smashed all of my windows, cut my ragtop. It’s like insane. They went in on my car the hardest,” said Sheena “DJ Makkarose” Martin.
Surveillance video from the side of the building shows State Road 7 recorded early Monday morning, the video showed someone that looked to be walking with a pole or stick of some kind.
No one knows if this person was a witness to any of the vandalism or is connected in any way, but many members of the station hope that someone will come forward.
Members of the station said they have no idea why this incident occurred and that they are in the process of moving to another building.
“We don’t know. I don’t think that we would be a target for anybody. We don’t do anything wrong here. What we do is for the community, for the better good of the community,” said Downer.
Downer also told 7News that a nearby daycare center was also a victim to the vandalism.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the crime is under investigation.
If you have any information on this act of vandalism, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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