NBCPhiladelphia.com - Deanna Durante
Police are searching for the suspect who has been slashing tires on a Mayfair street over the last several months.
Police are searching for the suspect responsible for slashing the tires on cars on a Mayfair street over the course of several months.
The tire slashes are taking place on the 4000 block of Aldine Street.
It began a few months ago when one resident noticed the tires on her vehicle were slashed. She also says she found an angry note on her car with the N-word written on it. Over the next few months, the tires on more than a dozen vehicles on the block were slashed. The latest incident happened on Monday, according to police.
“I went up and down the street and I saw my neighbors, my neighbor next door to me and another neighbor next door” said David Toledo, whose tires were slashed three times in the last three months. “They totaled 16 cars.”
The vandalism has put a large financial strain on the victims.
“I’ve got to get up in the morning just to check my tires to make sure I don’t have to take them to the gas station or get new tires for it so I can get to work,” said David Semande, whose tires were slashed numerous times.
One local resident filled out a police report on Monday. He claims the officer told him the police can’t dig too deep into the case since all the damage on the 16 cars hasn’t added up to $5,000.
“I feel as though if the ball was on the other foot and it was their vehicles, they would have the CIA and they would have everybody else looking out for their vehicles,” said Toledo.
“You work hard for the stuff that you have,” said Semande. “And then to have people come and vandalize it is just ridiculous.”
If you have any information on the vandalism, please call Philadelphia Police.