CHICAGO — At least four cars had their tires slashed late Monday in Buena Park by a man captured on video wreaking havoc on the block.
One victim, Jennifer Goelz, has had to shell out hundreds of dollars to replace her car’s tire, and she’s heard from at least one neighbor who reported something similar nearby.
At 11:30 p.m. Monday, Goelz was headed to an overnight shift for work when she got to her car, which was parked on Montrose Avenue between Clarendon Avenue and Marine Drive. Goelz hopped inside, pulled out and heard a “thump,” she said.
Goelz got out and saw she had a flat, so she told her husband she’d instead take his car, which was parked a few spots up from hers. She got in the car, ready to head to work.
“Same thing happens: thump, thump,” Goelz said. “He had a flat.”
Suspicious, Goelz looked at the cars parked between hers and her husband’s. All of them had flat tires, too, with their front, passenger-side tires slashed.
“I was in disbelief,” Goelz said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, you’ve got to be kidding me.'”
Goelz called the police; together, they looked around and determined at least four cars had their tires slashed.
Video from a surveillance camera shows a man walking along the cars, bending close to at least one of them. The video was taken at 11:06 p.m., not long before Goelz went out and found the tires slashed.
“I would love for them to capture the guy,” Goelz said. “He looks so arrogant [in the video], like he’s walking and popping the tires. I hope they catch the guy.”
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Police confirmed officers were called to the 700 block of West Montrose Avenue by a woman who said there’d been a disturbance. The woman told officers the front passenger tires of her two cars had been slashed.
Two other cars on the street also had their front right tires slashed, police said.
Goelz ended up paying $200 to replace her tire. Her husband had new tires and the seller gave him a replacement for free.
Hoping to find the slasher, Goelz posted to a neighborhood watch page on Facebook and shared the video. No one has identified him yet, she said, but a neighbor commented and said several cars tires were slashed around Montrose Avenue and Beacon Street, too.
The incidents aren’t entirely surprising to Goelz since Montrose Avenue is so busy, she said.
“We get some hooligans walking down the street, making loud noises in the middle of the night,” she said. “But I am surprised that somebody would do something so stupid. Get a life.
“I don’t know what kind of person would do that.”
And Goelz will no longer park on the street, she said, especially since last year someone driving down Montrose Avenue crashed into her car and totaled it.
Instead, Goelz has arranged to get a garage spot.
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