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Street hit by rash of tire slashings in Roxbury

Boston police were investigating a series of tire slashings on Westminster Avenue in Roxbury Sunday, according to a department spokeswoman.

Officer Neva Coakley said police responded to the area of 71 Westminster Ave. after a caller reported vandalized cars on the street about 9 a.m.

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Officers spoke with a man who reported several motor vehicles, including his own, were vandalized while parked on the street between midnight and 8 a.m. and then found a dozen other vehicles on the street with flattened tires.

One resident said he discovered two tires on his car had been slashed when he tried to leave to run errands Sunday morning.

Emmanuel Porter-Muhammad said he didn’t notice the tires at first, but when he turned the car on, it indicated low tire pressure. “When I tried to move, the car didn’t go anywhere,” he said.

He got out and saw that both tires on the driver’s side had been slashed. He said other neighbors were out on the street inspecting their tires.

Porter-Muhammad said the vandalism seemed to be nondiscriminatory.

Anyone with information is asked to call District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) detectives at 617-343-5628. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Anne Steele can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @AnneMarieSteele.
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