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Culprits slash tires of nearly 70 vehicles in Galveston neighborhood, police say

GALVESTON, Texas – Dozens of neighbors in Galveston are looking for the culprits who slashed the tires of nearly 70 vehicles over the weekend. Neighbors found the tires Saturday morning. 

Juan Pineda said his Saturday morning was ruined when he saw that four of his vehicles, parked along Avenue M, had slashed tires.

"At first I thought it was just one or two; I didn't expect it would be more," Pineda said. "I work really hard for what I have and for someone to come and trash everything down the toilet, it's upsetting."

Galveston police said they found around 70 cars with flat tires from 32nd Street all the way to 46th Street between P1/2 to K Street.

Pineda said he is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"For whoever did it, they need some kind of justice. They need to be served," said Gina Karacostos, who had two tires slashed. 

Neighbors said they saw a man walking around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Cynthia Hernandez, who had just moved to the area, said her husband saw a man laying on the street cutting her tires.

"The man was coming from that side. He was walking, and he was laying down," Hernandez said.

For many people, the result was costly.

"It's going to be at least $1,500," Pineda said.

Elijah Scarlett, who also lost two tires, said "$130 -- and those are two used tires I"m putting in place for now."

Galveston police are asking anyone with surveillance video or information to give them a call.

"As soon as they get him, I'll be happy," Pineda said.