25 tires slashed in Colonial Heights neighborhood

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - Vandals strike again! More than two dozen tires are slashed in a Colonial Heights neighborhood.

This follows a similar string of crimes in Chester just one day ago. Now, police in both localities are working together to see if the crimes are related.

In all, 17 cars and 25 tires were damaged.

Anthony Butler's Ford Explorer leans to the left. Two tires, both on the driver's side, are flat.

"God knows how much it's going to cost to replace them," said Butler.

He calls the damage devastating. He now has to take a cab to and from work.

"We don't have the means to replace the tires like that. My truck has to sit down like this for another week until I get paid," he added.

A couple of blocks over, in the 2000 block of Beechwood Avenue, vehicles are jacked up, literally. 25 tires in the neighborhood were slashed, including two tires on Ashley Ramos' family car.

"It's not cool. I think they'll keep doing it until they get caught," said Ramos.

Police say all 17 vehicles were vandalized between 7 and 10:30 Wednesday night on Beechwood, Dale, and Farris Avenues in Colonial Heights.

Hours earlier and less than three miles away in Chester, a similar story.

In the Ashley Forest subdivision near Harrowgate Road, 15 vehicles were damaged  and 39 tires slashed.

We first told you about that rash of vandalism Wednesday afternoon. Now, police in both jurisdictions are trying to figure out if the crimes are related.

Ramos wants the vandal or vandals behind bars

"I just want them to find whoever did it and prosecute them, make sure they get in trouble for it," said Ramos.

As for Butler, he wants answers.

"I don't understand why. It's not the way to go.  I wish they'd stop," said Butler.

Police say it's unclear if one person or a group is responsible for the crimes.

If you have any information on the vandalism in Colonial Heights or Chester call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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