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Dozens of vehicle tires slashed in northwest Raleigh neighborhood

Posted September 15, 2010 11:34 p.m. EDT
Updated September 16, 2010 9:50 p.m. EDT

— Residents of the Harrington Grove community along Leesville Road in Raleigh have fallen victim to what appears to be a serial tire slasher.

Most vehicles were parked on the roadside when their tires were slashed early Tuesday around N. Radner Way and Village Lawn Drive.

Student Ryan Kirby said the tires on the left side of his car were slashed and went flat. It cost him $170 to get the tires replaced.

"I'm just very angry and mad,” Kirby said Wednesday of the vandalism.

Bill Gildhaus said two of his front truck tires, which cost $1,500 each, were punctured with a knife on Morning Edge Drive. 

"It leaves people with a lot of hassle and a lot of expense as well,” he said.

April Hutson, who runs the Harrington Grove Community Watch, said police have confirmed more than 20 cases of cut tires around the neighborhood.

"It is scary," she said.

However, some victims did not call police. Hutson said she thinks the number of slashed tires is likely much higher.

"AAA had received 50 calls for communities off of Leesville Road alone for tire slashings,” she said. "(But) we are looking now. We are aware of it, and we are going to hopefully stop this."

Some surrounding neighborhoods also have reports of tires slashed.

Anyone with information on the vandalism that might assist the investigation is asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.