Port Townsend police are seeking information on the person or persons responsible for slashing car tires in Port Townsend. (Cydney McFarland/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend police are seeking information on the person or persons responsible for slashing car tires in Port Townsend. (Cydney McFarland/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend Police seek info on tire slashing spree

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Police Department is seeking information after responding to nine calls in less than a week from residents reporting slashed tires.

The first call came in Oct. 29. A car parked near Memorial Field had two tires slashed.

On Oct. 30, one car parked near the corner of Lawrence and Polk streets had two tires slashed, and a vehicle parked on Washington Street had all four tires slashed sometime after 5 a.m.

Other calls came in over the next few days from residents in uptown and downtown Port Townsend, according to a press release from the Port Townsend Police Department.

A car parked on Quincy Street had its tires slashed, and three tires were slashed on a vehicle parked overnight on Water Street. The car parked on Water Street had also had its windshield wipers damaged.

Tires were also slashed on vehicles parked near the showers at the Boat Haven Marina, near the intersection of Harrison and Polk streets, and a car on Van Buren Street had all four tires slashed.

A van parked on Washington Street also had tires flattened, side mirrors broken off and left on the hood, and weather stripping torn off the front windshield.

According to a press release, the officer who responded to the van couldn’t locate any puncture marks in the tires and noted that the van appeared to have not been driven in some time.

Officers are actively seeking the person or persons responsible for the spree and are advising residents to be vigilant about strangers in their neighborhoods.

They should call the police if they notice strangers near their vehicles.

Police are encouraging anyone who may have information to contact the police department at 360-385-2322 or if they see a person in the act of slashing tires to call 9-1-1.

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