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Serial Tire Slasher On The Loose In Manville, N.J.

August 22, 2018 - 3:16 pm
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MANVILLE, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Police in Somerset County, New Jersey are looking for a serial tire slasher.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported, the suspect is a lone wolf. Police in Manville are teaming up with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s office to catch one man they say is responsible for slashing tires 150 times this summer.

He first struck June 11, then Aug. 2, and then on Tuesday night – when he punctured tires on 80 cars from midnight to 3 a.m.

Manville police Lt. John Crater said such slashings are easier to carry out than you might think.

“Because the houses are very close together and he literally just walks the street on which most of the cars are parked in the street, and just hits them as he walks by,” Crater said. “That’s really just one poke to each tire.”

It becomes difficult since not everyone has a garage as an alternative.

“A garage would be the best bet. That’s not always possible. We realize that. Even the driveway has been helping. But the main thing that we ask is that they be vigilant and call us with anything out of the ordinary,” Crater said.

There is a $750 reward for anyone who comes forward with information. The suspect could be charged with criminal mischief if apprehended.