April 05, 2020

Police probe tire-slashing spree in Millinocket

MILLINOCKET – Police were searching Monday for vandals responsible for slashing as many as 25 vehicle tires around town last week.

The slashing, almost all reported on Oct. 21, occurred to vehicles parked overnight on State, Summer, and Spring streets and Highland and Penobscot avenues, police records show. Owners usually reported the vandalism upon going out to their vehicles the next morning.

Typically, the tires were punctured with knives that in some cases were found still stuck in the tires. Three U.S. Post Office trucks and a pickup truck were among the vehicles hit, police said.

Police Chief Donald Bolduc said he couldn’t recall the last time so many vehicles were hit at once by vandals, particularly tire slashers. Nor was any pattern to the vandalism immediately apparent.

“This is not something that happens here every day,” Bolduc said Monday. “To say it was random would be accurate.”

Damage from the vandalism was assessed at several thousand dollars.

Bolduc could not say whether police had suspects. Detective Ron McCarthy, who is investigating the vandalism, was off Monday and could not be reached for comment.

Anyone with information regarding the crimes is asked to call McCarthy at 723-9731. All calls will be kept confidential.

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