Kerriann Salmon & Joseph Kasko
(Buffalo, N.Y.) – Residents in the Buffalo neighborhood of Allentown awakened Feb. 28 to find more than 100 cars with slashed tires, but the motive or those responsible have yet to be identified.
Buffalo Police canvassed the neighborhood and went door to door to interview potential witnesses and search for any video surveillance, but there are no leads at this time.
“We don’t know what the motive is, the police don’t know. The general consensus behind law enforcement and the people in the neighborhood is this was just a random and completely senseless act,” said Jonathan White, president of the Allentown Association, a group dedicated to promoting and serving the neighborhood.
Police estimated they received between 50 and 80 complaints from residents parked on Allen, College and Mariner streets. In some instances cars in driveways were vandalized and some cars had multiple tires slashed.
White told the Buffalo Review this level of crime is unprecedented in Allentown.
“We have never seen vandalism to this extent,” said White. “The officers that I have spoken with have indicated that they have never seen vandalism of this kind and this extent in their career or are aware of this happening elsewhere in the city.”
White estimated the total damages in the thousands of dollars. For example, one resident told WIVB-TV it would cost him roughly $400 to replace his tires.
White said he doesn’t think something like this would happen again in the future, but he said there probably isn’t much that can be done to prevent it in the future.
“If it’s a crime that is not directed to any individual or any group, it is very difficult to prevent because you can not identify, possible or probable attempts where it would be done again,” said White. “I think the good news is that it won’t happen again because it was so random, but I think the bad news is because it was random there is very little you can do to to prevent it.”
Anyone with information regarding the Allentown vandalism is asked to contact the Buffalo Police Department’s confidential tip-line at 716-847-2255.
* Producer Taylor Moran contributed to this story.