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Rash of tire slashing, car break-in plague Bristol residents

Staff Report • Jan 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a report in the Bristol Herald-Courier, “vehicle vandalism and thefts from cars is running rampant. That assessment came from Nicole Slagle of the Bristol Police Department. “It’s up-to-no-good vandalism, slashing tires for no reason,” she's quoted saying.As crime prevention coordinator at the Bristol Virginia Police Department, Slagle keeps up with the local crime trends, and one day in December marked the beginning of a new one that continues to plague city residents. One one night 12 cars parked on Johnson Street had their tires slashed.Then shortly after the Johnson Street incident, several cars parked on the Virginia Intermont campus were broken into, she said.“It jumps from neighborhood to neighborhood. VI got hit hard about three weeks ago,” she said.Neither Slagle nor Sgt. Clay Robinette of the Bristol, Va. Police Department can say for sure what is motivating this recent rash of vandalism, but both speculated the economy, the holidays and, as Robinette put it, “when there’s idle hands and idle eyes, they’re up to no good.”

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