A YOUNG woman may be forced to fork out thousands of dollars to fix the damage to her car caused by masked vandals who threw a pole from an Albury car park.
Amber Cogdell, 19, was nearing the end of her shift at Target Albury when about 9pm she discovered her car had been struck by a metal pole that someone had thrown from the top of the Volt Lane multi-deck car park.
The pole struck the bonnet of her Honda Prelude, parked in Volt Lane’s council-controlled car park beside Target, having bounced off the side of a Holden Commodore utility.
Witnesses said people wearing hockey masks threw the pole from the top of the new car park.
While she doesn’t yet know how much it will cost to fix, she could be forced to cough up to $6000 in her insurance excess because of the type of car.
Miss Cogdell said because the incident was considered “malicious damage”, insurance would not cover it until the identity of the offenders was known.
“It’s really upsetting, I just want to know who did this,” she said.
“I parked outside there because I thought it would be safer (when leaving work at night), but obviously not.”
Miss Cogdell lives at Table Top and needs her car to get to work.
She said the hole in the bonnet had been knocked back into shape just enough to allow her to keep driving, but it was far from ideal.
Miss Cogdell said it wasn’t the first time people had been seen throwing objects from the top of the car park.
She said trolleys had been thrown before.
Also, she said, people had been spotted jumping from the top level to a covered walkway.
“It’s just so lucky people outside were standing away, otherwise someone could have been killed,” she said.
Police are still investigating the pole incident. Information can be reported to Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or to Albury police on (02) 6023 9299.