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Vandal targets vehicles in 'pedal-and-slash' spree

Posted at 5:09 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 21:06:45-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A vandal left a trail of flattened car tires and angry drivers across a mile-long stretch of Pacific Beach on Monday.

"Frustrated is the best word I can use," said Jennifer Whetstone.

Whetstone discovered a flat tire on her Jeep Wranger near her home on Felspar Street just after noon. Replacing the slashed tire will cost her more $500.

Police actually contacted her and her husband on the phone to let them know about the slashing, because officers were already in the area. According to Whetstone, police told her the same vandal had just slashed the tires of six vehicles in a Bank of America parking lot.

It all happened in broad daylight, off busy streets. The description of the vandal was provided by a witness to police.

"He saw the whole thing, heard the pop and then saw a guy on a mountain bike - tall, skinny and wearing a hat - pedal off," said Whetstone.

The witness saw the man bike down the street in a hurry. A half mile away, the tire of a Honda minivan was also punctured.