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Tire-Slashing Vandals Strike Downtown Nashville

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Metro Sgt. Tony Blackburn Metro Sgt. Tony Blackburn

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police are warning people to pay extra attention if they decide to park on the street in downtown Nashville.

Police are investigating cases of tire slashing. No suspects have been identified.

Sometime between 4 p.m. Friday, July 25 and 7 a.m. Saturday people returning to their cars found flat tires.

Someone had slashed tires on the Gay Street extension, First Avenue and Broadway.

"We feel it's an isolated incident.  We don't know if it's one angry homeless person, a teenager causing mischief.  At this time we don't have a clue of who they might have been," said Metro Sgt. Tony Blackburn.

There's not much the car owner can do but open up his or her wallet because victims will have to buy new tires, according to a Nashville mechanic.

"It's gone.  If anything's cut into the sidewall of a tire there's no steel belting into the sidewalls. It cannot be repaired," said Bobby Armstrong of Ultimate Tire and Car Care.

New tires are not cheap. On newer cars, high-performance tires can run $100 or more. If it's a high end car such as a Corvette tires run $200-$300.

"It's usually below the deductible of what the car insurance pays, so a lot of times the owner just has to eat the cost of the two new tires," Blackburn said.

Police said tire vandalism downtown is pretty rare. They get about one or two reports every three months.

Police said if anyone sees any type of vandalism downtown -- don't call 911. Call 862-8600, the police department's non-emergency number.

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