Published Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 | 1:53 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 | 4:16 p.m.
Metro Police today are asking the public for help in identifying a vandal who caused thousands of dollars in damage by slashing tires in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood on Jan. 3.
Property crime detectives say that at about 1:35 a.m. on that Saturday, an unknown person slashed several tires on vehicles that were parked in the area of Antelope Way and Charleston Boulevard.
The incidents occurred behind a local bar and also at a nearby convenience store, Officer Jay Rivera of Metro Police said. The incidents caused more than $10,000 in damage.
Local tire shops have seen an increase in business as a result of the vandalism.
Tim Dunn, manager at Big O Tire on the corner of Charleston Boulevard and Buffalo Drive, said three vehicles have come in for tire replacements over the past two weeks.
One car had two tires slashed on one side and the others each had three tires cut open, Dunn said.
"It costs at least $180 to repair everything," he said.
At Discount Tire on the corner of Charleston and Rainbow boulevards, assistant manager Zach Von Bulin said he's seen more expensive damage.
Five cars have come in for repairs over the past two weeks, he said, including vehicles with high-performance tires that cost $400 each.
"We've had cars come in with $1,000 in damage to their tires," Von Bulin said.
Detectives have a surveillance video of the incident that shows a white man approach a vehicle and slash the tires.
The man is believed to be in his mid-20s, 6-feet tall and weighs 180 pounds, Rivera said. He has dark hair and is unshaven.
Anyone with information regarding the incident or the identity of the person is being asked to call the Northwest Area Command Property Crime Section at 828-4425 or Crime Stoppers 385-5555.