Two teen boys arrested after tire slashing spree

Two teenage boys have been arrested by the Port Alberni RCMP after a vandalism spree in South Port that saw the tires of at least 32 vehicles slashed and flattened either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

According to RCMP Sgt. Dave Paddock, the reports of the vandalism came in early Sunday morning when residents began to recognize something wrong with their vehicles’ tires.

One Seventh Avenue resident, who requested not to be named, said his wife’s Volkswagon Jetta had its tires slashed Saturday night and it cost approximately $400 to repair.

"I wasn’t happy," he said. Another resident phoned the Times to say it appeared the vandals used a screwdriver to do the damage.

The two boys were arrested Sunday after police received information of their names and followed up with them before laying charges. "At this point, no information has been sworn and they’re due to appear in court," Paddock said.

The youths will be appearing in court on June 12 and are expected to face multiple mischief charges.

This is also not the first time a similar event has occurred in Port Alberni.

Vancouver Island Newsmedia Group