Unknown vandals in San Francisco may have started a new trend: smart car flipping.
Smart cars are super-compact vehicles that get very high mileage, but typically weight less than 2,000 pounds. This week, four vehicles in the Bay Area were the targets of smart car flipping. Two of the smart cars were left on their sides, while one was left resting on its roof and another was picked up and stood on its rear end, headlights pointing skyward, CNN notes.
Local authorities do not know who is behind the rash of smart car flipping. One witness said he observed a group of people surround a smart car in the dark, pick it up and upend it. Police are pursuing the smart car flipping incidents as possible felony vandalism.
Authorities say the smart car flippers reportedly dress in black. They may number between six and eight persons.
Anyone engaging in smart car flipping is risking a felony conviction and time in prison.