Tires slashed on at least a dozen vehicles in Lakewood ‘for no apparent reason at all’

LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- At least a dozen vehicles had tires slashed overnight Wednesday, the Lakewood Police Department said.

Most of the vandalized vehicles were parked near the intersection of West Center Avenue and South Upham Street in the Belmar area.

Police are investigating the incident, which happened for "no apparent reason at all."

"It's kind of a shock to get woken up by police like that," resident Richell Lucero said. "Came down and just noticed that basically my car was damaged along with 12 or 15 other cars. Not a good start to anyone's morning."

On Thursday, police said there were 13 victims.

Based on a witness who said he saw the vehicles undamaged about 2 a.m. Wednesday, investigators believe the crime happened between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

However, on Thursday, police released surveillance video of a man slashing a tire at 11:22 p.m. Tuesday.

"The video shows what appears to be a male wearing a light colored shirt and dark pants slash the front driver side tire of a car parked in a parking lot at the Belmar Shopping District," police said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 303-980-7300 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

The slashing comes after more than two dozen residents of the Sunset Ridge Apartments in Westminster found their tires slashed.

"It is unknown if this series of tire slashes is related to others happening recently in other parts of the Denver metro area but detectives will look into that possibility," Lakewood police said.

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