As of Tuesday, January 13, 2015
One of Mike Kennard's treasures is his 2007, 400-horsepower, bright yellow Corvette convertible. The sporty looking ride isn't so sporty looking today. The Sunnyside resident awoke this morning at his East Edison Avenue home, which is located in a highly visible, well lit neighborhood, and found the vehicle had been spray painted with graffiti. The letters "AOR," in bright red, now adorn the hood of the 'Vette. It's one thing, said Kennard, when vandals mark fences and sides of buildings with graffiti. "Those can be cleaned up pretty quickly," he said. "This...this, well, to me they've crossed the line," he said. "It's personal property they've tried to destroy. "Fixing it is going to take a lot more than just painting over what they've done." Kennard filed a report with Sunnyside police this morning. He said Officer Ollie Hernandez told him the letters "AOR" are not tied to any local gang. "He (Hernandez) believes it was young kids, taggers, who did this," Kennard said. Kennard said he also learned that other neighborhoods, including some local schools, were hit by taggers sometime last night or early this morning. It's his hope that those responsible will be identified by local police and brought to justice.