3 Teens Arrested in Vineland Tire Slashings

Police say teens slashed tires on 32 cars

By Dan Stamm
|  Friday, Nov 23, 2012  |  Updated 8:10 PM EDT
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Vineland Police arrested three teens Friday that they say went on a tire slashing spree Thanksgiving. Neighbors in the Little Flower Estates community tell NBC10's Marisa Branhey that they want to boys' families to cover the costs of repairs.

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Vineland Police arrested three teens Friday that they say went on a tire slashing spree Thanksgiving. Neighbors in the Little Flower Estates community tell NBC10's Marisa Branhey that they want to boys' families to cover the costs of repairs.

Three teens were arrested Friday for allegedly slashing tires on dozens of cars at a Vineland mobile home park on Thanksgiving Day, according to police.

Tires were slashed on nearly three dozen cars in the area of Delsea Drive and Garden Road in the Little Flower Estates, according to Vineland Police.

"What if I wanted to go see family or something? And, there are a lot of older people in the park," said victim Marla Miller. "It's just a mean thing to do."

Vineland police say two 14-year-old suspects and a 15 year-old had slashed tires on 32 cars and stole two bikes before their alleged crime spree came to an end. In total around $8,000 of damage was done.

Police say they identified the suspects -- one of them lives in the neighborhood -- thanks to surveillance video from a local business.

"We did find some surveillance that led to one of the juveniles in the neighborhood," said Vineland Police Det. Sgt. Paul Shadinger. "And when the officers went to that juvenile's house they saw the stolen bicycle sitting right in the driveway."

Police say they also recovered weapons allegedly used in the slashings.

All the kids were charged with criminal mischief. The 14-year-olds were released to their parents while the 15-year-old -- who has a criminal record -- was taken into juvenile custody.

The alleged doers might be behind bars but victims were left footing the bill, at least for now, for repairs when they money was targeted for holiday shopping instead.

"I would love to see them pay all of us back," said Miller. "I would gladly give them a bill.

 


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