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Vandals Attack Cars In Mayfair For Second Weekend In A Row

By Jericka Duncan, Robin Rieger and Al Novack

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police patrolled Aldine Street in Mayfair Sunday night, trying to give residents there some sense of security many feel deflated.

About 20 people woke up to flat tires Sunday morning that had been slashed overnight.

“Leave us alone,” says Yvonne Toledo.

For Toledo and her husband, this has become a familiar scene.

“My husband says, ‘Babe, babe, they got us again,’” says Toledo, describing how her husband woke her at 3 a.m. to tell her their tires had been slashed again.

On February 5th, vandals spray painted several cars in the neighborhood, and last week someone slashed the tires on at least 10 cars. Valerie Lopez had two tires cut.

“It cost me 140 dollars just to get two tires fixed,” said Lopez.

Neighbors are now on watch, taking turns patrolling. Sunday night, Lopez says she saw several people in the alley by her car. She says when she opened her window she heard,

“’They caught us, they caught us’ and started taking off,” she says.

Out of breath, Mayfair town watch member Milt Martelack describes chasing them and with the help of Lopez and other neighbors stopping two young men for police who arrived minutes later.

“Upon arrival I observed teens acting disorderly. At that time I placed a 911 call,” said Martelack.

“When I came back I told him to stop and police assisted us with apprehension.”

Police at the scene tell us the two picked up are juveniles taken home to their parents. Police say they are not suspected in the vandalism. People in Mayfair say they will remain vigilant.

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  • Mare

    If Mayor Rizzo were still with us,,you would see a difference,,,if he caught kids spray painting he would spray their hair with paint and take them home to their parents…

  • Philadelphia Police Warn Mayfair Residents About Recent Vandalism « CBS Philly

    […] Police went door to door on Aldine and Teesdale streets where dozens of tires were slashed for the second time in this week and on February 5th, vandals spray painted several cars in the neighborhood (see related story). […]

  • Francis Graff

    Why aren’t their elected officials helping? These people cannot afford to have tires replaced every week. The Senator and the State Representative and the Ward Leader should be out there putting pressure on the police.

  • Troy

    I would like to know if all the cars vandalized were on same side of street and were they all curb side tires if both is the case then by how the holes looked to me from what I could see on tv it looks as if someone is shooting them from a residents on that side of street

  • ArmyOfOne

    Why can’t people just leave peoples’ stuff alone? What are they getting out of vandalizing property? If and when they are caught, they should have to pay restitution to these people whose properties they are vandalizing, costing them money that they probably can’t afford. Such a shame.

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