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Police arrest alleged tire slasher

January 17, 2013

Police have arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the rash of tire slashings that occurred in the early morning hours of January 7 on the 4700-5000 block of Hazel Avenue and the 5300 block of Chancellor Street.

Harry Gaines from the 6000 block of Angorra Terrace is charged with criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief and related offenses. He was arrested yesterday on the 5200 block of Market Street.

Tires were slashed on some 59 vehicles between 5:30 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. on January 7. Surveillance video showed a man puncturing tires while a woman walked on the sidewalk nearby. The woman turned herself into police on Jan. 11.

Police offered a $10,000 reward leading to an arrest and said they received several useful anonymous tips.

7 Comments For This Post

  1. Arwin Says:

    27?! The video made it obvious that it wasn’t a bunch of young kids, but I was still expecting a teenager. Glad they caught him, though. Looks like $10,000 did the trick.

  2. Tim Says:

    I’ve reluctantly concluded that we need more surveillance cameras to deter muggings and other crimes. They really do seem to work.

  3. Tim Says:

    I’ve reluctantly concluded that we need more surveillance cameras to deter muggings and other crimes.

  4. Tim Says:

    It bears repeating.

  5. Caitlin L Says:

    I was thinking about setting up a quick little IP camera on our porch…

  6. Outsider Says:

    I wonder if we’ll ever find out why? It seemed too methodical and calculated to be a simple prank (plus the guy is 27, not 17). I’m not sure I buy the “he owns a tire store” theory, either. Anti-gentrification intimidation tactic? Surely he must realize that’s a very diverse street with plenty of long-time homeowners. So why?

  7. Kate Says:

    Too methodical and calculated? He walked up the street in the wee hours of the morning and stabbed people’s tires. This guy isn’t exactly a master criminal.

    Maybe it’s an “anti-gentrification intimidation tactic” (or racially- or class-charged lashing out) or maybe it was just some vandal who was bored and sobering up with his girlfriend and thought it would be hilariously good fun.








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