By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The man charged with surreptitiously flattening dozens of tires in Northeast Philadelphia — even as he was claiming to be a victim and helping to organize a neighborhood watch for the “perpetrator” — was arraigned Thursday.
David Toledo, arrested Wednesday (see related story), failed to make bail today, which was set at $5,000 for each of the 54 counts against him ($270,000 total) — 49 counts of criminal mischief and five counts of lying to police. He would have to post 10 percent, or $27,000.
Unless he posts bail, Toledo will be held at least until his next court appearance, scheduled for May 3rd.
Toledo claimed to have spent more than $2,000 replacing slashed tires on both his car and his wife’s. Authorities allege Toledo slashed his own tires. His tree-lined street in Mayfair was one of the hardest hit.
In a previous interview with KYW Newsradio, Toledo said he only wished he could nab the tire slasher:
“I’d tell him, ‘You’re a punk, and you’re going to get caught. Everybody gets caught you’re going to get caught eventually.’ ”
The 44-year-old man claimed he regularly stayed up all night doing “town watch” duty along his block of Aldine Street. He even told us he had to sell his Jeep because the tires were too expensive to keep replacing.
Now, he is charged with the wave of senseless vandalism he had railed against.