Tires slashed on dozens of vehicles in Lower Alsace, Mount Penn, Exeter, police say

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Published: Nov 16 2012 12:39:11 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 17 2012 05:31:08 AM EST
Tire slashed
LOWER ALSACE TWP., Pa. -

Dozens of people living in Reading's eastern suburbs awoke Friday morning to an unwelcome surprise.

The Central Berks and Exeter police departments said they have received reports of tires being slashed overnight on more than 20 vehicles, including three vans belonging to the Antietam School District.

The vandalism was spread throughout Mount Penn and Lower Alsace and Exeter townships, police said.

"I went in said to my husband, 'I got a flat tire.' My son said he would take me to work," said Kathy Lorah. "Well, he came out and seen his tire was flat and we seen our truck tire was flat and the neighbor's car was flat up the street."

Lorah said she got her tire fixed for $185, money she could have used elsewhere.

"Times are tough. Everybody works hard to make ends meet and then people go around and make things a whole lot worse for everybody, just very disgusting," said Lorah.

She wasn't the only one disgusted. Chelsey Miller's stepdad and boyfriend's cars were hit.

"He works two jobs to pay for his stuff, and he can't even enjoy it without people ruining it," said Miller, who wasn't surprised, but this is worst than kids egging a house or tampering with a mailbox. "We're so used to some of the vandalism because kids are out all of the time screwing with other people's stuff. It's just you can't help but be mad because it's on a car."

By the afternoon, many of the vehicles were repaired, like the three vans belonging to the Antietam School District, but the nuisance to repair and shell out the cash fired up those affected.

"I don't know what goes through people's minds that think they can just go out and destroy people's property," said Lorah.

Lorah said she would love the police to catch who is responsible. So far, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information that can help police crack the case is asked to call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.