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Vandals slash tires on taxis in Prospector

Jay Hamburger The Park Record

Vandals slashed each of the four tires on four vans operated by a Prospector-based taxi company in early February, the Park City Police Department said, a case that has not been solved more than a month later.

The Police Department said a taxi company called R Taxi was targeted in the early morning hours of Feb. 4. Investigators still hope to generate leads in the case.

Mary Ford, a detective who is investigating, said the 16 tires were slashed in one incident. The police estimate the loss at between $3,500 and $4,000, a high-dollar figure for a vandalism case in Park City. The tires were slashed while the vehicles were parked overnight in a lot in Prospector.

She said the slashed tires were a "pretty bold thing to do."

Dan Villa, the owner of R Taxi, said the vehicles were parked in a parking lot in Prospector. The lot is not secured, he said.

He said the vandals slashed the tires sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Each of the tires was replaced by later that day, he said. Villa said there has not been another incident since.

Villa said the taxi firm has been in operation for 1 ½ years and business has been good since it started.

"I don’t think it was an unhappy customer. I don’t think we’ve had too many of those," he said. "I think it might be one of my competitors hating on me."

Villa is offering a $500 reward to someone who is able to provide information to the police leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators.

People with information may contact the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s anonymous-tip line, 615-5847. The police also accept anonymous tips online. Visit City Hall’s website, , and then select the ‘Government’ button. Choose ‘City Directory’ from the dropdown menu, then ‘Police’ and then ‘Crime Reports TipSoft." Select the link at the bottom of the page for the online form.

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