Tire slashers strike
February 5, 2008
Someone or a group of people slashed dozens of tires in Park Meadows over the weekend, the Park City Police Department reports, leaving some people with all the tires on their vehicles damaged.
Officers are investigating, but the Police Department admits it is stumped. Rick Ryan, a police captain, says the department received 26 reports on Sunday and eight the day before.
He says some of the victims suffered tire damage on more than one vehicle. Most of the targeted vehicles were parked in driveways.
"I can only speculate they were simply up to no good and wanted to cause damage to people," Ryan says.
He figures the people responsible are teenagers or in their 20s.
Police logs show people reported the cases on streets like Lucky John Drive, Monitor Drive, Holiday Ranch Loop Road and Little Kate Road. Cars parked on other streets in the neighborhood also suffered damage.
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The logs indicate tires were hit while one person was babysitting on Lucky John Drive, and someone on Holiday Ranch Loop Road reported a Subaru’s tires were slashed a day after he repaired them after a previous episode.
"Never in my career, even before I came here, have I witnessed that many tires being slashed," Ryan, a 28-year veteran of police work, says.
He says it appears the vandals used knives. The Police Department estimates the combined damage at more than $13,000. The people did not try to break into the vehicles, and no burglaries were reported with the slashings.
The cases occurred at night, and the Police Department has since widened its patrols in Park Meadows in the overnight hours.
Ryan says nobody saw the tire slashers, but investigators plan to interview the victims.
"A knife blade in tires — it’s tough to get any evidence," he says.
If the police find suspects, they would likely be charged with criminal mischief. The more than $13,000 in damage makes the charges second-degree felonies, Ryan says, punishable by between 1 and 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
"This is not a small crime," Ryan says. "Look how many people have been victimized."
People with information about the cases can call the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s anonymous-tip line, 615-5847.