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Police report rash of tire slashings in the borough, and they need your help

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 11/15/18

Somebody is going throughout Middletown using a knife or some other kind of sharp object to flatten vehicle tires all over the borough, police say.

The incidents started last weekend and about six …

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Police report rash of tire slashings in the borough, and they need your help

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Somebody is going throughout Middletown using a knife or some other kind of sharp object to flatten vehicle tires all over the borough, police say.

The incidents started last weekend and about six have been reported so far, Patrol Officer Keegan Wenner tells the Press & Journal.

Police are asking anyone who has seen anything or knows anything about the tire slashings to contact the department as soon as possible. Call 911; the department non-emergency line at 717-902-0627; or after hours non-emergency at 717-558-6900.

Also, anyone whose tire has been flattened in this manner who has not reported the incident to police is urged to do so.

Residents also need to be watchful that these incidents are occurring. Keep a closer eye on your vehicle, especially late at night, police say, and keep outside lights on at night to deter criminal activity.

The incidents all occurred from about midnight on, Wenner said, in locations all over the borough. Incidents have been reported on Spring Street, on Spruce, and on South Wood Street, among other locations.

All have targeted vehicles that are parked in the street. Otherwise, police have seen no correlation regarding the type of vehicles that are being hit, Wenner said.

Police believe the same person or people are probably responsible for all the incidents. The appearance and size of the puncture marks being left on the tires all look the same, Wenner said.

There are no reports of any of the vehicles being broken into.

“It’s just random, coming up to the vehicle, deflating through a single blow or multiple blows, and moving on. It’s really just a serial vandalizer,” Wenner said.