Slur Keyed on Car, Tires Slashed

By Dan Stamm
|  Friday, May 31, 2013  |  Updated 4:29 PM EDT
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Three people were arrested Saturday for vandalizing 39 cars in a South Philadelphia neighborhood.

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Three people were arrested Saturday for vandalizing 39 cars in a South Philadelphia neighborhood.

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Residents awoke to find their car tires slashed and even a few cars keyed, including a slur on at least one vehicle, this morning.

More than a dozen cars parked along the 700 and 800 blocks of S 18th and S 19th Streets as well as surrounding streets from Bainbridge to Catherine Streets -- that's near Marian Anderson Park in South Philadelphia, Pa. -- were damaged around 3:45 a.m. Friday.

"It's disappointing just to come out and see this kind of stuff," said victim Chris Smith who was late to work after finding two of his tires scratched.

Tires were slashed on at least 12 cars and at least three cars were also keyed. One neighbor said a gay slur was scrawled on his car.

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The vandalism comes on the heels of a meeting about parking in the neighborhood, according to some of the victims.

Philadelphia Police were on the scene trying to sort out the exact damage done. Through surveillance video officials discovered four persons of interest -- all appearing to be three men and one woman in their late 20s.

In the video, you see one of the people appear to slash the tires of a bike.

Police asked anyone who recognizes the men to call 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.

 


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