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  • ELF claims responsibility for torching SoCal car, SUV dealerships

    By Nada El Sawy
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    12:26 p.m., August 22, 2003


    WEST COVINA – Fires destroyed dozens of SUVs and a warehouse at an auto dealership Friday, and vehicles there and at three other dealerships were spray-painted with slogans such as "Fat, Lazy Americans."

    "With all the evidence ... it's highly likely it's an arson fire," said Rick Genovese, fire marshal for West Covina, a Los Angeles suburb.

    The radical group Earth Liberation Front issued an unsigned e-mail Friday calling the incidents "ELF actions," and the FBI was investigating the dealership fire as domestic terrorism, Police Chief Frank Wills said.

    The underground group has claimed responsibility for a slew of arson attacks against commercial entities that members say damage the environment. It is suspected in a multimillion-dollar arson fire Aug. 1 that destroyed a five-story apartment complex under construction in San Diego, though an ELF e-mail claimed the group had not been in contact with those responsible in that case.

    The blazes at the Clippinger Chevrolet dealership broke out about 5 a.m. Friday. Flames destroyed about 20 vehicles, mostly Hummer H2s, which are luxury SUVs patterned after the military's workhorse Humvee. Another 20 vehicles were badly damaged. A separate blaze caved in a warehouse roof.

    There were no reports of injuries, but damage was estimated at $1 million.

    SUVs at dealerships in nearby cities of Arcadia, Duarte and Monrovia were also vandalized, though there were no other fires.

    Among the slogans written on the sides and hoods of vehicles were "I (heart) Pollution" and "American Wastefullness." "ELF" was written on at least one vehicle.

    Brian Akre, spokesman for Hummer-maker General Motors, called Friday's destruction "reprehensible" and "some kind of misguided attempt to make a political statement."

    Genovese said whoever set the fire may have been trying to protest vehicles that pollute the air because of their poor fuel economy. But he said their approach was misguided because "hundreds of tons of pollutants" were spilled off during the fire.


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    Intresting story being away I did not hear about this till just now,
    But several of the cities mentioned are all connected by the 210 Freeay
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      Re: ELF claims responsibility for torching SoCal car, SUV dealerships

      Originally posted by SANDSTROMJM
      By Nada El Sawy
      The underground group has claimed responsibility for a slew of arson attacks against commercial entities that members say damage the environment.
      And just what exactly do they think they're doing by lighting up all of these trucks? Do they have any idea what kind of fumes are put off into the enviroment by a burning vehicle? Not to mention all of the homes & business's they've torched. What exactly do they think they're going to accomplish? All of these things will just have to be rebuilt, which will make even more of an impact on the environment.

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      • #4
        All ELF is are a bunch of Blind Extremists. Not realizing what their own actions have on the enviroment. Groups like that never take a look at themselves and see what harm they are causing to the earth they are "protecting".
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          LOS ANGELES (AP)- Public officials, firefighters and Hummer fans
          rallied outside a West Covina auto dealership to denounce the $1
          million in damage it suffered at the hands of environmental
          extremists.
          "We don't disagree with the need to improve fuel efficiency,"
          said West Covina City Councilman Mike Miller. "But vandalism
          doesn't get the message across."
          About 25 members of a Southern California Hummer fan club, some
          driving from as far away as San Diego, joined officials outside
          Clippinger Chevrolet. They toured the area where fires gutted a
          parts warehouse and destroyed 20 Hummer H2s. Another 20 Hummers and
          several Chevrolet Tahoes were significantly damaged by fire and
          spray-painting.
          Three other dealers and at least four privately owned vehicles
          in the area also were damaged during the vandalism spree early
          Friday morning.
          The Earth Liberation Front, a loose association of militant
          environmentalists, said in an unsigned e-mail Friday that the
          incidents were "ELF actions" but added it had not be in contact
          with those responsible.
          Slogans such as "Fat, Lazy Americans" and "I (heart)
          pollution" were painted on vehicles during the attacks.
          Miller said council members planned to meet with local auto
          dealers and other businesses this week to discuss ways to improve
          security. Sport utility vehicle dealers across Southern California
          were taking precautions.
          "We are concerned," said Josh Sage, a sales manager at
          Huntington Beach Chrysler Jeep and Hummer.
          Sage said the dealership moved its Hummers to a back lot and
          hired an extra security guard to patrol all night.
          "If people want to look at Hummers, we just walk them back
          there," he said.
          FBI officials released a surveillance tape Friday of two young
          men running around the Duarte Ford dealership that was vandalized.
          The FBI said Saturday it had developed new leads in its
          investigation based on the public release of the tape.
          The 8,600-pound, $50,000 Hummer H2, which gets an estimated 11
          to 12 mpg, was introduced last summer. The vehicle is a civilian
          version of the Army Humvee fighting vehicle that gained prominence
          during the first Gulf War.

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            Arrest Made in $1M SUV Vandalism Case

            WEST COVINA (AP) -- A 25-year-old man was arrested Friday by FBI agents for investigation of arson and vandalism that caused $1 million in damages last month at a Hummer dealership, police said.

            Joshua Thomas Connole, of Pomona, was arrested at home about 12:30 a.m., said Cpl. Rudy Lopez, a West Covina police spokesman.

            Fires that broke out Aug. 22 gutted a parts warehouse and destroyed 20 Hummer H2 sport utility vehicles at a West Covina dealership. Another 20 Hummers and several Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs were significantly damaged by fire and spray-painting.

            Three other dealerships and at least four privately owned vehicles in the area also were damaged during the vandalism spree.

            Words such as "ELF," "Fat, Lazy Americans" and "I (heart) pollution" were painted on the SUVs. "ELF" stands for Earth Liberation Front, a loose association of militant environmentalists. The group, which previously has taken responsibility for other acts of arson and vandalism, claimed in an unsigned e-mail that the SUV fires were "ELF actions."

            Lopez said it had not been determined whether Connole belonged to the group.

            Connole was booked for investigation of felony arson and vandalism, Lopez said. He was being held at the West Covina Police Department with bail set at $825,000. Arraignment was set for Monday.

            Lopez said the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were continuing an investigation of federal crimes, which would be added to Connole's state crimes charges.

            The FBI after the arson and vandalism spree released surveillance video from a Ford dealership in Duarte that showed two young men spray-painting SUVS.

            (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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