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Car Vandal Suspect Caught on Tape: Cops

Police say they now have a person of interest in connection to the tire slashing incidents in Mayfair.



    Police released surveillance video of a man who they say slashed the tires of vehicles in Mayfair Thursday night. They also say he may be connected to the string of other tire slashings that began in February. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012)

    After a lengthy investigation, police now have a person of interest in connection to repeated car vandalism in the Mayfair section of the city.

    On Thursday, at 9:30 p.m., a man was caught on surveillance video approaching a parked car at Cottman and Rowland Avenue. Police say the man slashed at least nine tires near the street before casually walking away.

    "You can see he's very cool, calm and collected, it's not the first time he's done it," said Captain Jack McGinnis of the Philadelphia Police.

    "It takes roughly three or four hours for the tires to deflate, it's a very small slash." 

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    Investigators say a vandal or vandals have hit between 35 and 45 cars in the neighborhood since February. Police have increased their presence in the area while residents have gathered to form their own town watch patrols.

    Police describe the suspect in Thursday’s incident as a white male between his late teens and early 20s with short hair. He was seen wearing a blue shirt, a dark hooded sweatshirt that zippers up the front, blue jeans and white sneakers.

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    "It's important to note that he's left handed," said Captain McGinnis. "He does all these slashes with his left hand." 

    Several rewards are being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the vandalism.

    • Philadelphia Police - $7500
    • AAA Mid Atlantic - $2500
    • Fraternal Order of Police - $5000
    • Mayor's Office $2500

    If you have any information on the incidents, please call police.