23 vehicles found with slashed tires in North Beach area, police say

Most vehicles had at least 2 tires slashed

By Janine Stanwood - Anchor/Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Miami Beach police are investigating after 23 vehicles were discovered with slashed tires in the North Beach area.

Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez confirmed the vehicles were found Monday morning in the area of Collins Avenue and 79th Street.

"I woke up this morning and a guy woke me up -- a neighbor told me the tires are all punched," Cordell Fairweather said. "I just bought these tires a week ago, so I'm not very pleased about that."

"My neighbor said, 'Check your car because my tires had been slashed.' Both my vehicles tires have been slashed," another victim, Rachel Fred, said.

Most cars had at least two tires slashed. And that does a lot of damage and it's expensive to replace them.

Claudia Zumbo told Local 10 News reporter Janine Stanwood that it's costing her more than $400 to put new tires on her SUV.

While detectives canvassed the area for clues, road rangers helped some people change out their tires. 

But no one has any idea who would vandalize their vehicles or why.

"There's no reason, you know, causing problems for the rest of us," Fred said. :I have to go to work. I have to provide for my kids."

Anyone with further information is asked to call the Miami Beach Police Department or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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