ST. PAUL  (AP) -- St. Paul police are investigating after nearly 50 rental scooters were found smashed to the ground, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

A representative from the electric scooter company Spin says 49 were found damaged throughout last week in St. Paul's downtown area. The estimated cost to repair each one is about $1,200.

Police spokesman Steve Linders says the rental scooters have bent handlebars, frame and sensor damage and in some cases, the brake lines were cut.