Police investigate more tire slashings in Mesa neighborhood

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. – Mesa police are asking for the public's help as they investigate a rash of tire slashings that happened for a second time this month.

At approximately 11 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a home near Guadalupe Road and Country Club Drive after receiving a call that a vehicle's tires had been slashed.

One tire on Charles Roth’s truck was flattened about two weeks ago. All four of the tires on his truck were slashed on Wednesday night.

"Last night I was woken up by a police officer," said Roth. She said that people were in the neighborhood slashing tires and we’re trying to catch them."

Roth said it will cost about $1,000 to replace his tires.

Quinton Thompson's vehicle got hit the first time but was spared last night.

"It’s an expensive thing that they’re doing because they’re getting a lot of expensive tires and it’s in the thousands of dollars now," said Thompson. "It’s getting out of hand now."

Neighbors are joining together to discuss ways to help police catch the tire vandals.

Tom Wells said he is planning to set up security cameras outside of his house.

"It seems to happen every time the kids are off school,” said Wells. "We’ve had some kids that don’t belong in this neighborhood and we just hope the cops catch them."

Officers flooded the area and were able to locate 20 vehicles with tires that were slashed or cut. Detective Steve Berry said three of the victims had more than one vehicle damaged.

"We really don’t have any leads," said Det. Berry. "We have not had anyone come forward who perhaps saw a suspect or suspicious vehicle. So we’re really looking for some help on this because we would really like to find these individuals and bring them to justice."

Berry said this is the same area where several vehicle tires were slashed on Nov. 11 and some of the same vehicles were damaged again.

Police believe the suspects probably live in the area. Police hope that someone may have noticed them walking around Wednesday night.

Police have not been able to develop any other suspect information at this time.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

"Here we are on Thanksgiving unfortunately talking about this," said Det. Berry. "If folks had plans for the afternoon to go to a friend’s house, relative’s house, maybe out of town to Sedona or Flagstaff. Where are you going to get a tire on Thanksgiving? So it just really puts a dampening on such a great day where everybody is concentrating on spending time with their family and loved ones."