Tire slasher trial is delayed

The tri­al for the ac­cused May­fair tire slash­er has been post­poned un­til next Janu­ary.

A Com­mon Pleas Court jury was sched­uled to hear the case against former Aldine Street res­id­ent Dav­id Toledo, 45, this Wed­nes­day, Thursday and Fri­day. But on March 19, Judge Robert P. Cole­man res­ched­uled the tri­al at the re­quest of de­fense at­tor­ney Wil­li­am Bren­nan, court re­cords show.

The Phil­adelphia Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice was ready to pro­ceed with the case.

The new tri­al date is Jan. 27. The court cited “va­ca­tion schedul­ing” for the pro­longed delay.

Toledo is charged with 50 counts of crim­in­al mis­chief, 54 counts of pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime and four counts of fil­ing false re­ports to po­lice. From Oc­to­ber 2011 through last April, au­thor­it­ies claim, Toledo cov­ertly punc­tured tires on about 50 of his neigh­bors’ vehicles and, in sev­er­al in­stances, re­por­ted the dam­age to po­lice as if he had in­no­cently dis­covered it. Toledo even punc­tured tires on his own vehicles to per­petu­ate the ruse, po­lice said.

Toledo has pleaded not guilty and plans to fight the charges, Bren­nan has said. Dur­ing a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing last Ju­ly, pro­sec­u­tion wit­nesses de­scribed how Toledo had op­por­tun­it­ies to com­mit the late-night van­dal­ism, but all test­i­fied that they had not seen the de­fend­ant com­mit the crimes.

Toledo re­mains free on $40,000 bail. •• 

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