MARYSVILLE — Marysville police are still investigating an unprecedented number of tire slashings that occurred overnight sometime between the late evening of Thursday, Dec. 6, and the early morning of Friday, Dec. 7, according to Marysville Police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux.
"We're estimating that between 140-160 cars got hit, since we've already received 911 calls for 132 vehicles, and we know that some people will simply choose not to report that their own cars' tires got slashed," Lamoureux said.
Lamoureux identified the central Marysville area roughly around Cascade Elementary as the main cluster of the attacks, and admitted that the Marysville Police Department still has no suspects in this investigation.
"At this point, we're hoping for a tip from a citizen that might give us something to go on," said Lamoureux, who noted that crime analysis is being applied to the investigation. "Whether it's security camera footage or anything suspicious at all, even if you don't think it will help, it could prove key to resolving this investigation."
In the meantime, Marysville tire stores such as Formula Tire on 9229 State Ave. reported brisk trade on the morning of Dec. 7, so much so that they struggled to meet the demand for replacement tires.
"We've had to order a lot of tires that we don't have in stock, because they're newer models of tires that shouldn't be worn out yet," said Marcus Sampson, manager of Formula Tire in Marysville. "You should inspect all the tires on your car carefully, because if a razor gets run along the side of a tire, it might not go through all the way, but it can still blow out when you're on the road, which would be bad news if you're on the freeway going 70 miles an hour."
Both Sampson and Lamoureux lamented not only the crime itself, but also the fact that it was committed when so many people need their cars to conduct pressing holiday errands.
"We've had mass vandalism in Marysville before, but none of it to this level," Lamoureux said.