- The Enterprise
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About three dozen vehicle tires were punctured Saturday at several residences in a California neighborhood, according to police.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incidents that occurred along St. Clair and Clarks roads, deputy Cindy Allen, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said.
“The tires were punctured with a sharp object” between about 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Nov. 10, Allen said. She said eight vehicles plus one boat trailer were damaged.
Paula Altman lives along the usually quiet neighborhood, located in the shadow of the Solomons bridge. She said the area is generally a great place to live with friendly neighbors.
But last Saturday afternoon, the tires on her son’s and husband’s vehicles along with others on her street were slashed in broad daylight, she said.
“I had nine tires” punctured, counting the spare on a Jeep, she said.
It appeared a small knife had been stuck through the sidewalls of each tire, she said.
One neighbor had more than 20 tires slashed on multiple vehicles parked at the home, she said.
All four tires on a car parked at another neighbor’s home were also punctured, Altman said.
Most of the vehicles were parked in driveways, although a couple were parked alongside the road, she said. In all, she thinks there were 38 tires slashed on nine vehicles, she said.
“I just want to bring attention to the fact that this is going on,” Altman said. “It’s disconcerting.”
She said that during the last year and a half there have been other “strange, random break-ins” of vehicles on nearby streets, and that about a dozen shore-power cords were stolen from boats at a nearby marina a few weeks ago.
“They’re doing neighborhood canvassing,” Allen said of the investigation. She said citizens with information about the crimes can call St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333.