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November 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Portland tire-slashing toll: 500 vehicles, $250K

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — Portland police say they’re stumped by a six-month spree of tire slashing and other vandalism that has damaged more than 500 vehicles.

Damage is estimated at up to $250,000.

The Oregonian reports that mostly, the damage is to tires, punctured by something like a tiny icepick. At first, many owners thought they had slow leaks — until they saw most of their neighbors had slow leaks, too.

Police say they’re not sure whether it’s the work of one person, or a group. The slashing seems to have no pattern. Sometimes, vehicles are hit more than once — in a few cases five times.

The Portland Police Bureau said it has offered a $1,000 award and put more people on the case, including some detectives who normally work violent crime.

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