By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
MARYSVILLE — A tip has led to the arrest of a man suspected in a tire-slashing spree that left dozens of Marysville residents stuck in their driveways in December.
A Marysville man, 27, has been booked into the Marysville Jail for investigation of 10 counts of malicious mischief, a gross misdemeanor, police said Friday.
As many as 160 cars had tires slashed during the night of Dec. 6 and early morning of Dec. 7, according to police department estimates.
An officer assigned to the police department’s Pro-Act Unit followed up on a lead provided by someone who wanted to remain anonymous, police Cmdr. Jeff Goldman said. The tip opened the door to additional information that led to the arrest, Goldman said.
In one cul de sac alone, 17 of the 20 cars had tires punctured by something sharp jabbed into a sidewall. Many were in front of homes straddling 100th Street NE near 55th Avenue NE.
The vandalism hit at a bad time, putting a crimp in holiday budgets. Money that was earmarked for Christmas presents was spent instead on new tires.
One Marysville family didn’t discover the damage until they were driving down I-5 in an SUV. The man, his wife and children, 3 and 1, were on their way to Bothell when he realized something was amiss with their tires and found a service station in Everett. Even with good insurance, the family was out $500 replacing tires on two of their vehicles.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; firstname.lastname@example.org.