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Car Acid Attack Called ‘Hate Crime’

January 18, 2000

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) _ The manager of a car dealership where vandals splashed acid on 36 vehicles is calling the attack a hate crime because only Ford models were damaged.

The corrosive liquid, which was poured onto the hoods, bumpers and sides of the cars, caused at least $75,000 in damage. The dealership sells Ford, Mercury, Lincoln and Toyota vehicles. Only new Fords were damaged.

``It’s some type of hate crime,″ said Paul Alvarado, general manager of the Rountree-Moore dealership, where the damage was discovered Saturday morning. ``This is obviously premeditated.″

``We’ve had kids maybe key two or three vehicles or blow a tire, but nothing like this,″ Alvarado said.

Authorities are investigating.

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