EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTires Of 37 Vehicles Reported Slashed In South Charleston
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Katy Brown
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 5, 2013 5:41 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 5, 2013 11:02 PM EDT
South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
An unpleasant surprise early Thursday morning makes for an inconvenient start to the day in South Charleston.
"My sister came and said, 'The cops are out here. Everyone's tires are cut. Your tires are cut,'"said Mary Simpson, who was visiting her sister in South Charleston.
Police says a total of 37 cars parked along Glendale Avenue, Central Avenue, and King Street all had slashed tires.
"Sometime between midnight and 4 am," said Patrolman Travis Parsons of the South Charleston Police Department, "There were 37 cars that had their tires cut."
One of the vandalized cars belongs to John Switzer, who had actually bought four new tires just last week. And when he started driving to work, Switzer said he knew something didn't seem right.
"[I] wondered what was going on," said Switzer, "parked it, got out, and saw that there was two flat tires."
Many people were able to change out the slashed tires with spares, but others were not so lucky and had to have their cars towed.
A costly crime that has police searching for suspects.
"The full amount of damage that was done would be felony vandalism," said Parsons.
Vandalism that is cutting into tires -- and the budgets of people living in this normally quiet neighborhood.
"I don't have much money to last the rest of the month," said Simpson, "I'm 73 years old and it's going to be hard to survive on what little I have left after buying me two tires."
Police said they do not have any suspects, but anyone with information should call South Charleston Police.
Overnight vandalism made it hard for people living in South Charleston to get to work Thursday morning.
South Charleston said tires were slashed all along several streets between midnight and 4 a.m.
Tires were slashed on King Street, Glendale Avenue, Central Aveune. Some U.S. Postal Service and Division of Natural Resources vehicles were also reported damaged.
Police say a total of 37 vehicles had their tires slashed.
Many people were putting on spare tires and some having their cars towed, an inconvenience for many people on their way to school and work this morning.
"I wondered what was going on,” John Switzer of South Charleston said of his vehicle. “I parked it, got out and saw that there were two flat tires."
Police said they do not have any suspects. Anyone with information is being asked to call.
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