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Vandals rip out seats from train, stack them neatly in car

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A group of vandals struck a commuter train in Australia on Tuesday night, but they weren’t interested in breaking windows or posting graffiti.

Instead, they apparently removed all the seats from the upper floor of the Sydney-bound bi-level rail car and stacked them neatly in the back of a car. 

Police say the train, which was actively operating when the vandalism took place, was traveling between Lithgow and Katoomba in New South Wales when the crime occurred.

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“It must’ve taken 10, 15 minutes or something, to do the whole thing," said Steve Mateer, a passenger who discovered the scene, in an interview with 7 News Sydney. "And with stations about five minutes apart, I don’t really know how they did that.”

“It was bewildering,” added Mateer. “I looked at the guy behind me, who walked in through the door behind me, and he was equally as shocked as I was.”

Mateer says he was able to snap a photo before the train’s staff moved him along, but not before one surveyed the scene for himself and remarked, “You gotta get out of here, this isn’t good.”

NSW Trains is currently working with the authorities to search for the suspects.

“We have CCTV vision from a range of cameras around our trains and we are working closely with police to identify those responsible,” authorities said.