Northeast Times

Tire slashers vandalize more cars in Mayfair area

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The tire slash­ers re­turned to the North­east on Monday night.

Des­pite what loc­al po­lice have de­scribed as around-the-clock sur­veil­lance of Aldine and Tees­dale streets just east of Frank­ford Av­en­ue, the van­dals tar­geted at least five cars there shortly be­fore 11 p.m. and es­caped un­detec­ted.

A po­lice source told the North­east Times that the crimes oc­curred with­in a span of sev­er­al minutes dur­ing a shift change.

Tires were punc­tured and flattened on three vehicles on the 4000 block of Aldine St., along with two vehicles on the 4000 block of Tees­dale St. Patrol of­ficers took the ini­tial re­ports. De­tect­ives soon ar­rived at the scene and lif­ted fin­ger­print samples from the af­fected cars.

One po­lice source de­scribed the case as “in­cred­ible tim­ing” on the part of the van­dals, lead­ing in­vest­ig­at­ors to sus­pect that the cul­prit or cul­prits had spe­cif­ic know­ledge about un­der­cov­er po­lice patrols.

Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, com­mand­er of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, was out of town on busi­ness. In the wake of tire-slash­ing in­cid­ents in the same loc­a­tions last month, he com­mit­ted to provid­ing “24-hour, sev­en-day cov­er­age out there.”

On Feb. 13, tires were punc­tured on at least sev­en cars on Aldine Street. On Feb. 19, at least 18 cars were sim­il­arly van­dal­ized on Aldine and Tees­dale streets. On Feb. 22, two cars were van­dal­ized on the 7300 block of Er­drick St.

Dur­ing a Tues­day news con­fer­ence, po­lice re­portedly an­nounced a $7,500 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of the van­dals. Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion about the crimes. ••

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