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Belleville police investigate rash of tire slashings

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs
(KMOV) -- Belleville police tell News 4 at least 33 vehicles have had their tires slashed in the past week.  
We called police after finding out 15 vehicles had their tires slashed outside the Apostolic Church of Belleville on La Salle Street.
They tell us besides that, there have been incidents at another church, a Lowes, and in some neighborhoods.  Six city vehicles also had tires slashed.
The pastor at Apostolic Church, George Szabolcsi says about ten of the victims at his church have financial problems... two who had their tires slashed are having surgery this week.
Police say they are investigating these acts of vandalism but so far have no strong leads.
Police are offering a $500 reward to whoever provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is doing this damage.
Here is the complete list from Belleville Police of where the damage has happened and to how many cars as of Monday morning:
The Belleville Police Department has received 33 Criminal Damage to Vehicle reports all involving tire slashing between October 17 and 24, 2010.  All but two of the locations have been commercial business or church parking lots. 
1              Lowes 2501 Green Mount Commons
1              Eastview Baptist Church 211 Sherman St
15           Apostolic Church 1648 LaSalle St
2              Cook Law Office 12 W. Lincoln
6              Belleville City parking lot 1st and Harrison Sts
1              200 block N 46th (residential)
1              Walgreen’s 515 Carlyle Ave
1              Lowes 2501 Green Mount Commons
1              100 block Carlyle Ave (residential)
1                     Imo’s Pizza 201 South Belt East
3              St Elizabeth Hospital
The Police Department requests that all citizens be watchful of suspicious activity and or persons around vehicles and call the department at 618-234-1212 immediately if they see something.  


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