Tire slashings blamed on contest

August 18, 2008 5:48:54 PM PDT
Stamford police say a rash of tire slashings over the past six months was part of a contest among teens from different city schools and neighborhoods.Sgt. Peter DiSpagna, head of the police department's property crime unit, says the slashings became a team sport.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy on Monday for his alleged role in 34 tire slashings reported in April. During the weekend of April 18, about 73 slashed tires were reported on vehicles in one neighborhood, but only 55 victims responded to police investigating the case.

DiSpagna says the tire slashings date back to 2006. He says teens from Greenwich would slash tires in Stamford. Stamford teens would go to Greenwich and retailiate. The Stamford vandals then began competing in their hometown.

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