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Masked Men Chained Open Subway Gates in Harlem, Police Say

By William Gorta | March 31, 2012 5:46pm

MANHATTAN - Who were those masked men, cops want to know after a trio of vandals disabled MetroCard readers and chained open the emergency gates at three subway stations, declaring "Customers Ride for Free."

Police released three videos relating to the incidents, which occurred Weds., March 28, between 5:15 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.

The men, wearing masks, hoods and gloves, struck first at the 6 train station at East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem, cops said.

Two of the men were caught on surveillance video upstairs on the street after they had removed their masks and hoods.

Forty minutes later they reappeared in Flatbush and repeated the stunt at the Beverly Road station on 2 and 5 lines.

At 7:15 a.m. they hit the Fort Hamilton Parkway on the F and G lines where a man stopped to take a picture of the vandals, police said.

Police are also looking to identify the photographer.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.  The public can also submit tips to the Crime Stoppers website or by texting 274637 and then enterine TIPS577.