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36 tires slashed in Haddon Heights

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Police are investigating after numerous vehicles had tires slashed overnight in Haddon Heights, New Jersey.

Police say sometime between 11:30 p.m. and midnight Tuesday a vandal went home to home on the 100 and 200 blocks of 8th Avenue and slashed one car after another.

"I would think it's got to be somebody young that was just looking for a thrill," victim Scott Lewis said.

Lewis was only hit once, but Cindy Steinberg, who was trying to drive her son Steven to school, wasn't so lucky.

"I got it backed out and Steven jumped out and said 'oh my God, all our tires are flat. they're all slashed.' Four tires on one car and we looked over and [another] car had two tires slashed," Steinberg said.

Police don't know exactly what the slasher use to puncture the tire walls, but they say the person worked fast hitting 36 tires on 15 vehicles

"I do think it was a malicious, evil anger fueled attack. It wasn't just a poke, it was a real slash," Steinberg said.

13 victims paid hundreds of dollars; some more than a thousand making repairs. Back on Monday, 59 vehicles were flattened in West Philadelphia.

People on the Haddon Heights street wonder if the incident spun a copy cat.

Either way, while the Steinbergs got a brighter light for their porch, next door Lewis is thinking a little more high tech.

"I'm ready to put in motion detectors and cameras on the front of my house and I never thought I would do that," Lewis said.

Police are asking anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area or who has information about these incidents is asked to call 856-547-2222 or 911.

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