Tire Slasher Hits Market Street

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

Police are still looking for a tree-slashing vandal who cut through a section of Harrisonburg early Thursday morning.

WHSV found out there are no suspects yet in this case, but there is a lot of damage.

"I went to move our vehicles in the morning in the Sun Trust parking lot where we park around 5:30 p.m., quarter to 6 p.m., and I noticed that the tires had been slashed on the vehicle," says George's Sandwich Shop owner George Rontopoulos.

Rontopoulos was one of several people who awoke to an unhappy surprise Thursday morning. He immediately called the police and together they reviewed a security tape of the Sun Trust parking lot.

The suspect is described as being between 17 and 20 years old wearing light pants, a dark shirt with a stripe across it, and a red baseball cap.

"It was kind of a shock and I was saddened by it," says Mary Supp, who had her tires slashed. "Being the Christmas season and this time of year for joy and goodwill towards others, it made me feel very sad."

It all started with a car in front of Dance and Company Studios. The tire slasher then migrated up to Sun Trust Bank and slashed the tires of two cars there. Then he went further up Market Street and hit a gas station and an auto dealership.

Eastern's Auto Sales reported four cars with slashed tires, with two more at the Chevron next door. Rontopoulos and Supp hope someone will come forward and report the vandal to the police.

"I'm sure they would appreciate the public's help in trying to find this individual and put a stop to his shenanigans," says Rontopoulos. "He made life miserable for a lot of people today."

Police say there was more vandalism further south from where the tires where slashed. It's not known whether the two events are connected. Police say at least nine cars has their tires slashed. They say the incident is still under investigation.


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