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B'ville: Tire vandals busted

Dave Parton spent April 25 in search of a tire repair place.

The Charlotte Street resident was one of 37 victims in Baldwinsville whose vehicles had been vandalized, waking up that Saturday morning with one or more tires slashed.

"I noticed a News 10 Now truck parked in front of my house. I then saw my neighbor Frank speaking with someone near his car, which was also parked in front of the house. When I walked outside to find out what was going on, I saw that two of his tires had been slashed," Parton said. "I then went into my backyard to check on my car, not expecting to find any problems, and discovered that one of my tires had also been slashed."

The Baldwinsville Police Department wasted no time in getting to the bottom of the case, quickly determining a couple of teenagers were responsible for the thousands of dollars in damages.

"I was very impressed by the work of the Baldwinsville Police, notably officer Chrissy Allen. She was very professional and efficient during the course of investigation, taking my statement and listening to my concerns. It was much appreciated," Parton said.

Police Chief Michael Lefanchek said the case was solved within 36 hours of receiving the first complaints and the department will be arresting two individuals. The arrests are being held up due to the amount of paperwork the department needs to collect such as victims' statements and estimates for all the damages.

"We basically are just getting all of the paperwork in order, that way we can arrest them at one time on all of the charges and we will not have to add additional charges later on," Lefanchek said.

The chief said the department was able to solve the case quickly because of the department's relationship with the public.

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