Police suspect the fire bombings of three parked cars in a predominately-Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn to be part of insurance scam, rather than presumption that the attack was a hate-crime.
The attack, which took place last November, rocked the neighborhood and the city, sparking outcry among many, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Vandals set fire to three parked cars and then sprawled swastikas and KKK symbols on the vehicles and benches around the area.
The crime coincided with the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi's 1938 attack that damaged more than 1,000 synagogues, destroyed thousands of Jewish businesses and left 91 Jews dead.
A number of clues have forced the NYPD to refocus its investigation. The fact that the owners of the vehicles did not live in the neighborhood and that the bottles had been wiped clean of fingerprints have pointed detectives to believe that the crime was not one of bias, according to The New York Daily News.
Officials now believe that local Jews joined with a Russian gang to commit the crime in order to collect insurance money on vehicles that would have been worth more torched than on the market.