Burnaby RCMP is working to find the culprit or culprits responsible for slashing more than half a dozen tires on Watling Street between Nelson and Royal Oak avenues Saturday night.
A security video of one of the incidents shows a figure in a hoodie nonchalantly walking west down Watling and stopping casually by the rear driver’s side tire of a Toyota Yaris.
The figure bends down beside the tire out of view, but a Hitchcock-esque shadow cast by the streetlight appears to show the suspect delivering two swift jabs and a levering action in the direction of the tire.
“It was so needless,” said William Green, whose security system caught the incident on camera.
Green said he and his wife didn’t realize their Yaris’s tire had been slashed until the next day.
“Then we saw our neighbours out there also putting their spare tire on their car,” he said.
A neighbour told him more than half a dozen cars had been targeted.
Since sidewall damage can’t be repaired safely, all the tires will have to be replaced, Green said.
Police confirmed they got a call at 10:50 p.m. Saturday about multiple vehicles with slashed tires in the area.
Burnaby RCMP is now hoping to speak to anyone who was in the area of Watling Street and Nelson Avenue or Watling Street and Royal Oak Avenue and noticed anything suspicious between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Green’s security video shows about six people walking down the street and sidewalk in the same direction near the suspected slasher.
Anyone with any information that might help the investigation is asked to contact Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999.