'I just wish they could catch them': Tire slashings in Leslieville stump residents
Police investigating, reviewing home security camera footage
Toronto police are investigating a rash of tire slashings in Leslieville, targeting cars parked on the street. Residents there have been finding their wheels punctured but don't know who is behind it.
"I think it's CAA time," said David Jackson, who lives on Curzon Street. He found the rear tire of his BMW slashed Monday morning.
At least three other cars parked along the street were hit over the weekend, including Rick Marshall's.
"I thought hopefully it's only a nail," said Marshall, when his truck's dashboard alerted him to the flat. "Much to my chagrin, it was a hole in the side wall."
Knowing he wasn't going to be able to patch the hole for cheap, he took it to the shop.
"I just got back from my dealer and they want $300 to change my tire which is too much money."
Let's just say I'd like to break a few legs.- Rick Marshall, Leslieville resident
Instead, he'll opt for finding a used tire to replace the one he has now.
"I've got a brand new tire with less than 14,000 kilometres on it that now is garbage, now going to the landfill, thanks to who knows," he said.
"Let's just say I'd like to break a few legs."
Jonathan Antoine, who lives a few streets over on Winnifred Avenue, stepped out Monday morning to find his family car leaning funnily toward the sidewalk.
"I have to wake my mom up and let her know, she's not going to be happy," he said, shaking his head.
All the air was let out of the front tire through a centimetre long gash, similar to the slashings seen along Curzon Street.
Antoine's parents were using the car during the day on Sunday so he suspects it happened overnight — and he's not alone. As of Monday morning, CBC Toronto counted three more cars on Winnifred Avenue with slashed tires.
Kelly Manis had her tires slashed two weeks ago. She said it's happening all over Leslieville.
"I'm upset, it cost me $250 to replace it," she said. "It's just like, malicious vandalism. I just wish they could catch them."
Same area hit by slashing spree in March
The area has been on police radar since late March when another slashing spree happened on the same streets.
Shelly Musaev said a policeman knocked on her door two weeks ago and asked if they could see footage from the security camera out front of her house.
"Three tires were slashed that one day," she said. "So he was pretty concerned."
Police say residents should report these incidents through their Citizen Online Report Entry site, used to document property and vehicle damage, among others things.
They said only one person in Leslieville used the site over the weekend to report the slashings.