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Tire vandals strike Woodstock

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Tires on both a minivan and a car were among many flattened in early summer, along S.E. Schiller Street in Woodstock.Although it’s narrow and the pavement is cracked, S.E. Schiller Street – just up from S.E. 39th (Chavez Boulevard) seems like an unlikely route for late-night pedestrian traffic.

But, on June 24th, neighbors awoke to discover that someone had strolled up their steep street during the night – flattening tires of vehicles parked on both sides, from S.E. 40th to 42nd Avenues.

Near the intersection of Schiller and 41st Avenue, all four tires on a minivan, a car, and a utility trailer were flat. Neighbor Henry Wolf told reporters that he has had 24 tires slashed in recent months on four vehicles. “Those were almost brand-new tires on the minivan,” Wolf sighed.

Portland “Office of Neighborhood Involvement” (ONI) Crime Prevention Specialist Jacob Brostoff told THE BEE that he’d asked the Police Bureau’s Statistics Unit to look into these tire-flattening incidents.

“We don’t believe at this time that these are connected to the nearly 500 incidents of this same type that occurred last year,” Brostoff said. “There was not an apparent trend. As devastating as they are to neighbors in the area, these tire damage incidents occurred over a relatively short period of time.”

Connected or not, Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or of any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous. Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at: www.crimestoppersoforegon.com – or text CRIMES (274637), and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip. Or, you can call 503/823-4357 and leave your tip information.

At last report neighbors in the affected area of S.E. Schiller were installing camera systems in hopes of capturing video, if the vandals strike their street again.