At least six vehicles were vandalized in one parking lot, and some were left with four slashed tires. Photo Andrea DeMeer

Slasher goes on downtown rampage in Princeton

A tire slasher went on a rampage in downtown Princeton last weekend.

At least six vehicles parked behind Shoppers Drug Mart had tires slashed, and in some cases all four tires were destroyed.

RCMP Corporal Chad Parsons said the vandalism resulted in thousands of dollars of damage.

“It could easily be $1,000 for four tires,” said Parsons, noting that this kind of damage is only covered by ICBC if the car owner purchased optional comprehensive insurance.

The parking lot is monitored by video surveillance, and Parsons said officers are currently processing that film in hopes of identifying a suspect.

“We are asking if anyone has seen anything to let us know.”

While slashing tires is not an uncommon form of mischief, it is often targeted at a particular individual, he said.

“And then there are people who just take joy in slashing tires.”

He said that, unfortunately, it’s not difficult to inflict this kind of damage on a car.

“Depending on the tire you could easily do it with a little jack knife.” Parsons said he is hopeful the culprit may come forward.

“Remorseful people are always encouraged to turn themselves in.” Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 250-295-6911.

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