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‘Tires slashed everywhere’: Highland Park residents find tires slashed on Saturday morning

Police are asking residents to help with investigation
Updated: Jun. 6, 2021 at 8:45 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Residents living in the Highland Park Southern Tip community woke up Saturday morning to find one or more of their car tires slashed.

On June 5, the Richmond Police Department said they were investigating a rash of overnight vandalism in the neighborhood. They said 30 cars had their tires slashed from approximately 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. by unknown suspects.

Cars parked on Third Avenue, Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue in the 2200 to 2500 blocks were damaged. Property was stolen from one vehicle in the area and one vehicle was reported stolen from the 2300 block of Fifth Avenue.

Sonya Thompkins discovered one of her tires was slashed while she was visiting her family.

“It was shocking, upsetting, totally out of the blue,” she said. “This was so unnecessary and so uncalled for. It’s so hurtful, especially to those who had more than one vehicle.”

Spencer Yount and his neighbors along 4th Avenue also woke up on Saturday morning and saw their tires slashed.

“My doorbell rang at seven in the morning and it was my neighbor,” Yount said. “All down both sides of the street, tires slashed everywhere.”

Yount said his neighbors were upset to see this happen and the financial impact it could have on their wallets.

“Nobody’s happy. Everybody’s upset,” he said. “People travel, have plans, want to go out. It’s just a big burden now.”

Yount spent Sunday afternoon working on his car with help from his friend.

“My buddy came from Montpelier to bring me a jack and some stands,” Yount said.

A helping hand Yount says his community is sharing during this time of need.

“Everybody is helping each other the best they can,” he said.

Police are asking those who live in the area to assist them with the investigation by providing surveillance/camera footage.

Anyone in the area with surveillance cameras or who has any information on this incident is asked to contact Fourth Precinct Detective M. Tedeschi at (804) 646-2939 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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