More tires slashed in Mayfair neighborhood

April 18, 2012 1:31:22 PM PDT
After a lull in the attacks, a dozen tires were found slashed early Monday morning in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.

This latest round of slashings happened while two townwatch members were on patrol. The pair had separated when the slashings were discovered.

One of the men was questioned by detectives for almost eight hours.

When police arrived to the scene, they heard air escaping from a tire of one of the affected vehicles. They towed the vehicle to a police garage to collect evidence. Police feel they came close to catching the slasher.

"We were very close to this area. We've been very close to this area for months, that's what's frustrating about it, but we're trying to put the timelines together through witnesses and Northeast Detectives," Philadelphia Police Captain Frank Bachmayer said.

Officers went door to door today handing out contact information.

"I'm really, really beyond upset," said vandalism victim Renee Vanford, who had two tires slashed on her car.

In all, 12 tires were punctured in the area of Aldine and Teesdale streets.

These victims have been hit over and over again since October. Hundreds of tires worth thousands of dollar have been damaged.

"You're just trying to make it by, squeak on by, and somebody's got to go around and mess your whole life up when you're just trying to get by," said Vanford.

"Late for work. Definitely late for work. I called and they were understanding, so now I'll get my tires so I'll be even more late," said Christine Eby.

Whoever's doing it better hope the police better catch them first.

"I thought it was pretty stupid. I wear a shirt that says CSI: Can't Stand Idiots,' said victim Robert Bennett. "That's what it is, idiots being out."

Some neighbors have installed video surveillance and police are asking for their help in hopes that someone caught the vandal on camera.

In late March, Quincy Kramer, 20, of the 3300 block of Englewood Street in Philadelphia, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the slashing of nine tires in the 3300 block of Cottman Avenue.

Meanwhile, two arrests were made in early April for tire slashing incidents in South Philadelphia. In that case, Eugene Aversa, 21, of the 2700 block of South 18th Street and Julien Ortiz, 21, of the 2200 block of South Clarion St. were arrested.