Vandals slash tires, egg homes – reward offered |

Vandals slash tires, egg homes – reward offered

Residents of a Nevada City neighborhood who saw their tires slashed and homes egged are offering a reward for information about the vandals.

“We are offering a 100-chocolate-truffle award for information leading to an arrest and conviction,” said Stephen Greenberg, who lives on Turpentine Drive in the neighborhood along Clay Street.

About 20 residents found their vehicle tires slashed Saturday night, and others found their vehicles and homes coated with smashed eggs in a vandalism spree that, according to one victim, lasted no more than 10 minutes.

“My son started to leave and thought he had a flat,” Greenberg said. “I went out and looked at it, and it had a huge gash. It looked like someone had a hunting knife – the gash was 5 inches long.”

While his son’s car was on the street, Greenberg’s own vehicle was in the driveway – but it also had a slashed tire.

Every single car parked on Galena Way had its tires slashed, Greenberg said. Other residents reported tire slashings on Nimrod and Clay streets and on Martin Way.

The vandals must have struck around 10:30 p.m., Greenberg said. The first police report was made at 10:49 p.m.

“By 11 p.m., the police were out,” he said. “All the neighbors were out of the houses, checking out their slashed tires, so it had just happened.”

He saw about 20 vehicles in the neighborhood with slashed tires; most suffered only one flat tire, although at least one vehicle had all four tires slashed, Greenberg added.

“We’re trying to figure out the totals,” said Nevada City Police Chief Lou Trovato, who added the department had received 13 reports as of Monday evening. “Unfortunately, there were no eyewitnesses. We assume (the vandals) were probably on foot.”

None of the victims reported hearing or seeing anything unusual. One resident even had hosted a party with people going in and out of the house, Greenberg said.

Nimrod Street resident Michelle Newbon thought she just had a flat tire when she tried to leave home Sunday morning – until a neighbor told her about the vandalism.

“It was hard to find,” Newbon said of the gash. “It looked like it was jabbed” with a knife.

Residents with four-wheel drive vehicles were particularly hard-hit because, even if they only lost one tire, they probably will have to replace all four.

Newbon said she will be out the cost of replacing her tire to the tune of about $150.

“Insurance will not cover most of these acts of vandalism, since the damage will not be more than the deductible,” she said.

Newbon found one clue that she promptly turned over to Nevada City police – an empty egg carton.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call (530) 477-4229.

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