City, FOP offer $5K for tire-slashing vandal in West Philadelphia

More than 50 people in West Philadelphia woke up to find their tires slashed in a small pocket of West Philadelphia Monday morning, and the city is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the hoodlum responsible.

Police said tires were slashed on at least 48 vehicles on Hazel Avenue from 49th Street to 52nd Street in the Cedar Park section, and on eight more vehicles on nearby Chancellor Street between 53rd and 54th.

In addition to the city’s $5,000 reward, police said, Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby announced Monday that the FOP is offering an additional $5,000 for an arrest of the vandal responsible.

Tire slashing has been a widespread issue in the city since last year. In the spring, David Toledo of Mayfair was charged with a bout of tire slashings in the Northeast that left more than 50 vehicles damaged, including some on his own block. Toledo posted bail in May and is awaiting trial.

Tipsters with information in the West Philadelphia slashings should contact Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183, the police tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPDTIP (773847) or call 9-1-1.