Police investigating tire slashings in Kaimuki, Nuuanu
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Police investigating tire slashings in Kaimuki, Nuuanu

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    Vehicles with their right-side tires slashed could be seen parked along Date Street this morning for several blocks near the Ala Wai Golf Course.

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    Todd Dukes replaced a tire slashed by a vandal overnight. Police told him about 30 vehicles were vandalized on Date Street overnight.

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A vandal or vandals slashed the tires of dozens of vehicles parked along Date Street near the Ala Wai Golf Course overnight.

The incident is the latest in a series of tire vandalism cases under investigation by Honolulu police.

A police spokeswoman said about three dozen cars have had tires damaged over the last two weeks.

Vehicles with punctured tires could be seen for several blocks along Date Street this morning.

Todd Dukes, who was changing his slashed rear passenger tire on Date Street at about 9:30 a.m., said he parked his car at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and came back this morning to find the vandalism. He said police told him that about 30 cars were damaged at about 1 a.m.

Sarah Yoro, a spokeswoman for the Honolulu Police Department, said officers are also investigating tire slashing incidents in Nuuanu this month. Seven vehicles were damaged along Nuuanu Avenue on May 10 and seven more vehicles had their tires slashed on May 11 on North Kuakini Street.

Yoro said it is not clear if the cases are related.

She said investigators are following up on possible leads and anyone with information should call police at 529-3111 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellphone.

The incidents are classified as second-degree or third-degree criminal property damage cases. Second-degree criminal property damage is a felony, with a possible prison sentence of five years.

Dukes said he just bought the tire that was punctured six months ago.

He said he hopes someone saw something along Date Street and calls police with information that could lead to an arrest.

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  • Hard to find parking in that area at night. The vandal is likely trying to encourage people to park somewhere else. I know if my tires got slashed there, I would park somewhere else.

    • I would feel safer parking there now that this has happened. There’s going to be plenty people looking out the windows of their apartments just waiting to catch those punks.

  • My sympathy to those who had their cars vandalize…you work hard to keep your means of transportation in working order and someone violates your property. To some, their automobile may be either the first or second most expensive investment in their lives. Perhaps an offer of a reward only for “arrest, conviction and mandatory jail time”…please “no catch and release”. If the reward is large enough (create a pool) you’ll have someone who’ll talk…then maybe have the Community take care of these misguided individuals.

  • Terrible to have this happen to you– nuisance in lost time and expense. If your tires are worn, it could also mean replacing tires on the left hand side opposite the slashed tire to get the tires balanced. Breaking side view mirrors is another act of vandalism that hits a block or more in a neighborhood. It forces you to drive without a mirror on one side, you have to wait for a repair and the cost of those motorized mirrors with a motor, lights, and electronics in it is very expensive along with the labor cost– could be more than a set of four tires.

    • This is one of those “quality of life” crimes that compel decent people to live or seek work elsewhere. Honolulu is one city that could benefit from stricter enforcement and enhanced penalties for vandalism of all types including the ubiquitous graffiti you can’t avoid seeing while driving around town. Some cities most Westerners would consider civilized don’t have such problems to the extent Hawaii people put up with. What are these places doing right that we aren’t?

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