Petersburg residents wake to find tires slashed on nearly 50 cars

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - People in Petersburg started their week off on a sour note when they found their tires slashed.

Car owners in the neighborhood of Kenilworth began alerting authorities around 6:30 a.m. Monday, reporting someone punctured their tires. By 11 a.m., police said they had identified 47 victims with vehicles that had been vandalized. Police consider all the vandalism incidents related.

"They slashed it right there," said Donald Jackson, one of the victims. "Came out stuck it with a knife and it went all the way through."

"They actually did both of her tires," added victim Joseph Wyche. "This black SUV, that belongs to me and they just only got my front tire."

The vandals struck all over the area, hitting on Ferndale Avenue, Grigg Street, Summit Street, and Dupuy Road, just to name a few.

Police are also putting the call out to students as they investigate, perhaps a hint as to where the investigation is going.

"We are particularly reaching out to our younger citizens, because they may know and we want them to understand that just because you're in school does not mean you cannot get Crime Solvers rewards," said Esther Hyatt with Petersburg Police.

Meanwhile, this crime is hitting the pocketbooks of victims. Many face hundreds of dollars in charges to get the problem fixed.

"That's a lot of money," said Wyche. "Especially when you don't have the money to spend on something that you already have!"

"It really put me in a bad predicament," added Brenda Wyatt.

Anyone with information about the vandalism can call Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.

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