January 23, 1997

Tire Slashings Continue; 19 Cut In Lincoln Heights

Janice Podsada Staff writer

Spokane police continue to receive reports of more tire slashings on the South Hill.

Since Christmas, tires on more than 30 vehicles have been slashed. Total damage now exceeds $5,000.

The latest series of tire slashings was reported last Thursday in the Lincoln Heights area. Ten vehicle owners woke up to discover that one or more of their tires had been cut. In all, 19 tires were destroyed.

A week earlier, on Jan. 9, four tires on two cars were reported slashed near the 2800 block of East Regal.

The recent wave of tire slashings began between Christmas and New Year’s Day, when 30 tires were slashed. The tire slashings usually occur between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., said Dick Cottam, police spokesman.

“They’re slashing tires on vehicles in carports and on the street,” Cottam said.

The Secret Witness Program is offering a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandal or vandals. Anyone with information is asked to call 327-5111.

Burglar takes welder, survey gear

A construction trailer was the target of a weekend break-in and theft in the Medical Lake area.

Someone broke into the rear door of a construction trailer owned by Chatco Construction while workers were away between 6:30 p.m. Friday, and 6 p.m. Sunday. The windowless trailer was parked on a construction site at 22804 W. Washington St.

An employee told police that someone had removed a piece of surveying equipment valued at $850 and a welder valued at $1,200.

, DataTimes

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