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Tires of more than 20 vehicles slashed Wednesday morning

The police are investigating the slashing of tires on at least 21 vehicles along North State Street early yesterday morning.

Reports of slashed tires began coming in about 5 a.m. and continued throughout the morning as people left their houses to go to work or elsewhere, said Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley. The affected vehicles were parked from Pleasant to Montgomery streets in driveways, lots and on the street, and the tires were slashed with a 1-inch-wide knife. Given the widespread locations of the vehicles, the police do not believe they were targeted, O’Malley said.

Based on reports, the police believe the incidents occurred sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. Clusters of vehicles with slashed tires were found near the intersection of Pleasant and State streets, on North State Street in front of the YMCA, in the parking lot off Centre Street behind the State Library and on Montgomery Street. At least one vehicle near 20 Park St. was also targeted.

Gloria Trombly, of 23 Montgomery St., said four vehicles belonging to her family all had at least one slashed tire. She lives in the house with her husband, Elmer, and her daughter and son-in-law live upstairs. As her son-in-law was backing out of the driveway to go to work about 8 a.m., he noticed he had a flat tire. He decided to take his wife’s car, only to notice she had a flat tire as well.

“It was quite a shock this morning when we noticed all four vehicles’ tires had been slashed,” Trombly said. In the approximately 15 years she and her husband have lived in the house, nothing like this has ever happened, she said.

Each of the families’ three cars had one slashed tire, and a truck had two slashed tires. Trombly’s son-in-law had only noticed one on the truck and replaced it with a spare tire to drive to the shop. When he was on the highway, however, another tire went flat.

The police are seeking information about people who were in that area during the early morning hours, even if they did not appear to be acting suspiciously. So far they have received one report of three subjects walking northbound near North State and Park streets between 3 and 3:15 a.m., but they do not have detailed descriptions, O’Malley said.

“These could be people of interest or witnesses,” he said.

Anyone with information can contact the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

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