Beaverton neighbors deal with string of tire slashings

Someone slashed the tires of up to 10 cars in a neighborhood near downtown Beaverton overnight Wednesday and early Thursday morning. (KATU Photo)

A neighborhood near downtown Beaverton is feeling deflated after someone slashed the tires of nearly a dozen cars early Thursday morning.

"Right now we have somewhere between nine and 10 cars that were all vandalized. We believe it happened some time overnight," said Officer Jeremy Shaw of the Beaverton Police Department.

Police think the culprit walked down Bonnie Brae Street near Menlo Drive, slashing tires at random under the cover of a heavy fog that hung in the area in the overnight hours of Thursday morning.

For neighbors, the crimes let a bit of the air out of the holiday season that is still in full effect for many families.

"There’s a lot of holiday visitors for sure, so probably more cars than usual," said Karen Vof, who lives right off of Bonnie Brae Street.

For others, the crime is especially inconvenient and costly. Jeremy Bennett's brother's passenger side tires of his truck were slashed just days after getting studded tires installed. Now, with winter driving conditions in the forecast, he's frustrated that someone would commit such a meaningless crime.

"Kids having fun, you know. I don’t really know what else it could really be, but just people thinking it’s fun or something, but it’s not," Bennett said.

Police don't have a suspect description, and they're hoping someone may have some information that will help them zero in on a suspect.

"We’re looking at somewhere between two and three thousand-dollars' worth of damage with all the tires, so we’re really wanting to hold somebody accountable. So we’re looking for those tips if somebody has them," Shaw said.

Anyone with information on this case should contact the Beaverton Police Department at 503-629-0111.

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