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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 23:16

Police Seek Vandals Who Slashed Cars’ Tires at Fremont, CA, Auto Shops

Written by Charles Clifford, KRON 4

In California’s East Bay, police are looking for whoever burglarized and slashed the tires of at least eight vehicles.


It happened in Fremont early the morning of August 27 and so far, no suspects have been identified.


It's an auto shop's worst nightmare---arriving to work and finding that all of your customers' car tires have been slashed.


According to the Fremont Police Department, the evening of August 26 or possibly early the morning of August 27, someone burglarized at least one car and slashed the tires of eight vehicles behind two different auto repair shops in the 41000 block of Albrae Street.


"Monday, five cars of mine were all flat,” said Fil Bertolfo, owner of Fil's General Auto Repair.


The vandals slashed tires on five cars behind his shop.


Three cars were vandalized behind ASCO Auto Body, which is next door.


The Fremont Police Department has launched an investigation, but so far no suspects have been identified and a motive for the vandalism remains a mystery.


There are multiple surveillance cameras nearby, but it isn't clear if any of them captured an image of the suspect or suspects.


Bertolfo said that a camera at a nearby business did record what appeared to be a black car in the area early the morning of August 27, but it was too dark to see the driver.


"I'm responsible," he said.


Fil said the cars belong to his customers, but since the vehicles were in his care, he has to pay to fix the tires, meaning he's potentially out thousands of dollars.


He hopes whoever did this will be arrested and punished.


"I'm hoping that the people doing that will get caught. Because it's not funny," he said.


The owner of ASCO Auto Body was unavailable to comment for this story.


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fremont Police Department.


We thank KRON 4 for reprint permission.

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