MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Several snow plow trucks were sabotaged ahead of Tuesday’s snowstorm, hindering cleanup efforts in one Westchester community.
Mount Vernon had to completely close some city roads because roughly 30 trucks couldn’t leave the yard.
Mayor Richard Thomas says gloves were shoved into the gas tanks on the more than two dozen trucks some time between 3 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday, rending their engines unable to start.
Officials said it’s similar to a chimney or toilet clogging.
All morning, mechanics had to go into each trunk tank and pull out the gloves one by one. Mayor Thomas believes it’s the latest of a number of incidents targeting his administration. He even says he was recently threatened personally.
“All these things that happened, and now we have a direct act of sabotage to sanitation trucks, plow trucks, and other vehicles that are designed to keep Mount Vernon safe,” Thomas said. “It’s a direct attack on the people of Mount Vernon. We are not gonna tolerate it, we may be bloodied but we’re unbowed. We are not gonna be intimidated, we’re going to catch whoever is responsible for this act of hate against the people of this city.”
All plow trucks were back up and running by noon Tuesday, with several sewer-related trucks still inoperable. Police officials say they’re reviewing surveillance footage from nearby, but wouldn’t clarify if a person or group of people were behind the brazen acts.