Unknown vandals target tires

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Residents in the city's Pecan Grove community got up to go to work Tuesday morning only to discover they couldn't.

"The gentlemen from down the street came by and told me that two of the vehicles at my house have flat tires," explained James Williams of Montgomery.

Someone hit seven streets early in the morning, targeting tires on cars and trucks throughout the neighborhood.

"We had approximately 40 to 50 tires cut on 35 to 40 vehicles," said Jackie White, president of the community's neighborhood association.

Police say they've only received 10 or 11 reports of flat tires and say kids are most likely to blame.

Residents have some theories of their own.

"I think its gang related," White said.

"Young kids getting initiated into the gangs, because we do have a problem in the city of Montgomery with gangs."

Either way, the sudden tire trauma means victims have to tear into their bank accounts, using money set aside for more important things.

"We have one kid here who needs every penny here. He has cancer, and he's waiting on a transplant and they need all the money they can to get back and forth to the hospital and medication.  And they've got to buy tires now," White said.

Deflating the neighborhood's sense of security as residents hope this sort of thing doesn't happen again.

"It's a very good neighborhood. So , whoever is perpetrating this crime, it is my sincere desire they are caught," Williams exclaimed.

If you have any information, you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at (334) 215-STOP.

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