By Denna Bowman
Police have warned vehicle owners to be on high alert after more than 100 cars have had their tyres slashed during a seven week crime spree.
The officers have also appealed to residents in Stoke-on-Trent and Longton to help them identify the vandal who is wrecking the tyres.
A sharp implement, believed to be either a knife or a sharp screwdriver, is being used to slash or puncture the tyres, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
The vandal mainly strikes overnight in Stoke on Wednesday and Thursdaym while the Longton offences occur on a Monday and Friday nights.
Inspector Elliott Sharrard-Williams, Longton neighbourhood policing unit commander, said: “We need the public to be our eyes and ears to help us identify the offender for this series of crimes.
“Tyre slashings represent a considerable cost to the victim. They are mostly being carried out on cars parked in the roadway rather than in driveways, with a couple of tyres damaged in each car.
“There is no discernible pattern to identify the implement being used.
“Some are punctured while others are slashed.
“Periodically we have cases of isolated tyre slashing as pranks or when people are drunk, but not to this degree.”
Police have stepped up patrols in the affected areas and are forensically examining every car which is vandalised to search for fingerprints.
They are advising drivers to park their cars in a garage if possible, and to be vigilant.
Anyone with information about the tyre slashings can call police on 0300 1234455 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Crimestoppers will pay up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for an offence.