A sneaky vandal moving under cover of darkness punctured about 44 vehicle tires along a stretch of two avenues in Queens over the weekend, causing thousands of dollars in damage, police say.
It seems the vandal struck overnight. Residents of the Bayside community that has been the target of the troublesome frenzies woke up Sunday outraged to see flat tires along 42nd and 43rd Avenues. They say they’ve had enough.
So far, no arrests have been made. NYPD officers were going door-to-door Sunday afternoon informing residents of any damage and looking for potential clues that could lead to the person responsible.
“It could have happened to my car too, because I park here all the time. Luckily I parked well past this point,” one man said.
A woman says she just had to replace her tires a second time. She said she had just had her car returned on Sunday after another incident left her tires flat.
“I don’t know what to do, I’m paranoid about parking it. I bought a tire warranty, so if it happens again, I don’t have to pay,” she said, noting that she was losing $1,200 after the second cut. “I was furious. I really don’t feel safe.”
Most car owners in the neighborhood say they don’t have garages or other safe places to park. Anyone with information about the tire blowouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Manhattan had its own tire changer earlier this year. A man was seen on surveillance video slashing at least 40 tires in a neighborhood. Other tires were punctured at Chelsea a few hours later. It’s unclear if the cops thought the same man was behind them.