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Vandal flattens tires at popular shopping center

Posted at 5:57 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 22:43:55-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A vandal targeted at least a dozen vehicles at a popular shopping center in University City on Friday, flattening tires across one of the parking lots.

"It's very upsetting," said Camille Bsaibes.

Bsaibes showed 10news a Toyota RAV4 with a flat tire. The vehicle belongs to his son. Bsaibes, who owns Amardeen restaurant, located in the Renaissance Towne Centre, experienced his own flat tire Friday while driving his van. Bsaibes didn't notice it until he was one the road.

"When I was driving, I was shaking ... wondering why it was shaking," said Bsaibes.

Bsaibes pulled over and found three of his tires flat. His total bill to replace tires? Nearly $400. That day, three of his employees also felt their tires go flat as they were driving home from work. They were all parked in the same back lot. It was a similar story for four employees of the L-Transformation beauty boutique. In all, at least 12 vehicles from 4 of the businesses were hit in one day. It happened in broad daylight at the busy shopping center, sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"The tire shop said somebody used a long, sharp object and punctured the side of the wheel," said Bsaibes.

The flat tires weren't immediately obvious and didn't become a problem until the vehicle were on the road. Many working at the shopping center wonder if that was on purpose. Was the vandal hoping to cause havoc on the roads?

"I'm glad everyone is safe. It could have been worse. On the road, who knows what could have happened. It's shaken us all up," said Ly Tran, who owns L-Transformation.