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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are investigating dozens of car burglaries at a Hollywood condominium after the vandals not only targeted and trashed the vehicles, but also left behind a taunting note for police.

Residents at Trafalgar Tower 1 Condominium woke up Monday morning to find their cars had been broken into overnight. According to police, at least 50 vehicles parked inside the condominium's parking garage, located at 1400 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood, were broken into and vandalized.

"My brand new car," said an upset resident.

Surveillance video captured two men walking around in the parking garage looking into the vehicles. At one point, one of the men, who is seen wearing a hat, threw something over the wall of the garage.

Resident Raquel Alvez, who had her car broken into, said, "You feel violated, you know what I mean, and you feel a little insecure, but it happens. It has happened before. I'm grateful no one got hurt and hopefully we can resolve it all and they get them."

The crooks also left a note behind for police reading, "F*** the police. Catch up b****."

Seventy-nine-year-old Robert Zanette is one of the victims of the vandalism. "A knock on the door around 7:30 and one of my neighbors said, 'You better check your car,'" said Zanette. "We've had a whole bunch of break-ins. I gather 60 or more."

The burglars broke two of his car windows, took cash and left a mess inside. "It's my car. I'm a car fanatic and I just bought it about three months ago, and now all of a sudden I have to repair it. That I did not expect," said Zanette.

According to police, they said the incident occurred just before 6 a.m. Monday. "You have suspects going into vehicles by breaking into the window of the door and they would reach into the vehicle, and remove items such as loose change any personal items that were left inside the vehicle," said Hollywood Police Department Lieutenant Osvaldo Perez

These break-ins come a week after burglars were caught on camera smashing windows and stealing items inside of more than a dozen vehicles at a Miami apartment garage.

Police continue to investigate.

If you have any information on these burglaries, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.


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