Cops nab tire slashers

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Two Keizer teens were arrested for puncturing tires on 15 vehicles.

Sgt. John Troncoso with the Keizer Police Department said a 15-year-old Keizer male was arrested along with a 16-year-old Keizer male.

Troncoso said on Wednesday the younger juvenile is believed to be solely responsible for tires being punctured on seven vehicles the night of July 17.

Both were arrested for slashing tires on nine vehicles the night of July 20. On that night, there were seven victims, as one resident had tires on three different vehicles punctured.

In addition, one victim from the first night spent $1,000 on new tires, only to have all four tires slashed again the second night.

“This one really doesn’t make any sense,” Troncoso said. “At least with theft, you’re getting something of value. Here, you get nothing out of it. It’s just being mean spirited for sake of being mean spirited.”

Troncoso said the 16-year-old was arrested at his residence on Windsor Island Road, while the other was arrested at his residence on Evans Avenue. In essence, vehicles hit were in between the two homes, on Shoreline Drive, Ventura Avenue, Dearborn Avenue, Windsor Island and Evans.

Sugar was poured into the gas tank of one vehicle.

Troncoso said the two were among four juveniles spotted by officers around 2 a.m. on July 21 and given rides home.

“The next morning, all of these reports started coming in,” Troncoso said. “It became apparent pretty quickly what they were up to at 2 a.m.”

According to Troncoso, the two female juveniles spotted that night were present but are not believed to have been active participants in the crimes.

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