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.