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Vandals hit tires, windows

Recent rash of scratched cars, shattered glass are likely random acts, police say.

June 18, 2009|By Veronica Rocha

GLENDALE — A spate of slashed tires, broken windows and keyed cars battered the city during the past two weeks, police records show.

A dozen tire slashings in northwest Glendale last week have contributed to the rash of vandalism, Glendale Sgt. Vahak Mardikian said.

Victims parked their cars on residential streets June 10 and awoke the following morning to discover the slashed tires. Damaged was estimated at between $150 and $600 per car, police said.

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“It looks like a bunch of random acts,” Mardikian said. The tire slashings occurred at six different locations, including Graynold, Bruce and Monte Vista avenues, Idlewood Road, Dryden Street and Glenoaks Boulevard.

Victims told police they didn’t know why they had been targeted, he said.

Witnesses saw young adults slashing the car tires, but didn’t get any additional physical descriptions, Mardikian said.

The rash of tire slashings is unique, he said.

At least 27 tire slashings have been reported from January to June, said Jared Stevenson, a police spokesman.

But tire slashings were not the only vandalism offenses reported in the past two weeks.

Vandals have been scratching the paint off of cars, spray-painting vehicles and pouring acid on autos to remove the paint, Mardikian said.

Paint on two cars was scratched Saturday while parked on Cañada Boulevard, according to police reports. The same day, a Glendale man on Winchester Avenue reported that his Land Rover’s paint was scratched, possibly with a key.

A Glendale man reported Sunday that the paint on his two cars, a Toyota and Acura, were scratched. The vehicles were parked on Mountain Street in front of his home.

The offenses, Mardikian said, were likely personal attacks against the victims and not random.

“I think people are just more frustrated,” he said.

But most often, the victims say they don’t have any known disputes with others, he said.

The vandalism has also inflicted headaches on some business owners.

Some of them have looked into replacing shattered windows that were broken with rocks or BB gun pellets.

On Sunday, Elina Grigorian discovered her and her husband’s office window had been broken with a rock for the second time in two weeks.

Luckily, she said, she didn’t replace the first broken window; it would have cost her hundreds of dollars to replace both windows.

Grigorian moved into the Park Avenue office space five years ago and opened her business, Prowire Orthodontic Laboratory.

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