Multiple cars vandalized

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 08/21 2014 06:58PM

Updated 08/25 2014 10:18AM

FARMER CITY -- Dozens of drivers woke up to their tires slashed and police have no suspects. It seemed like a normal day.

Dana Bettinger says, "My husband was getting ready to go to work. He called me and told me to call the police our tires have been slashed. His truck had gotten it and my car had gotten it, three on his and two on mine."

A flat tire made things difficult, but it turned out to be more. Police say they got more than thirty calls from drivers with slashed tires.

Bettinger headed to Walker Tire, the only auto repair shop in town.

"As soon as we opened up, the phone started ringing," says Tom Maxwell, owner of Walker Tire and Exhaust.

It turned out to be a busy day for Maxwell and his crew.

He says, "We did a lot more passenger and truck repairs than we normally do."

They worked on more than 20 cars at the shop, twelve in the field, and most tires had to be replaced.

Maxwell says, "Because it's in the side wall of the radial tire, there are not many times that you can repair that."

It cost drivers like Bettinger a lot of money.

"I'm going to spend over a thousand bucks on things I didn't have to. We had a bunch of stuff we needed to do around town, so it's caused a big hassle for everybody."

Police haven't made any arrests, but the bill still has to be paid.

"It puts a crease in the budget. I was a little bit ahead, now I’m way behind, so I hope they enjoyed it," says Bettinger.

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