Vandal busts Palm Bay City Council candidate's car windshield

Man says car vandalized 3 times in last year


PALM BAY, Fla. – A candidate for the Palm Bay City Council has had his car's windshield busted open three times in the last year and the last act of vandalism was caught on his home surveillance system.

Palm Bay police released the video Thursday, which they say shows a man busting out a Chevy sedan's windshield back in August.

The video shows the alleged vandal try to break the glass with his backside before ultimately busting it open with his hand.

"It was a bit creative. He ran up, jumped on the hood of the car, promptly sat down on my windshield as hard as he could and busted the windshield out," said Bill Rettinger.

Rettinger, who is running for Palm Bay City Council, says this is the third time one of his cars has had its windshield busted out in the last year.

He hopes the vandalism is just a coincidence and not related to his campaign.

"There was speculation as to whether or not it had something to do with the campaign that was going on," said Rettinger. "I don't think so, or at least I would not like to think so."

Rettinger says his insurance company covered the damages, but he was without a car for nearly a week.

Palm Bay police believe the man in the video is in his late teens or early 20s.

"Hopefully we'll catch the guy and hopefully someone will recognize him, and we'll get him arrested and prosecute him because I fully plan on prosecuting," said Rettinger.

There is a $1,000 reward for anyone who has information that leads to an arrest. Authorities want anyone who recognize the man to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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