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Arlington tire-slashing concerns residents

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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – A real life Grinch is bringing holiday headaches to neighbors in Arlington. Dozens of drivers discovered their car tires were slashed over the weekend -- and unfortunately it’s not the first time it's happened.

Arlington County Police say 40 tires were stabbed Saturday. The tire slashing spree brings the total number of tires cut since November 19 up to 76.

"Everybody is a victim until we find the guy who's slicing these tires," said High View Park resident Warren Smith.

Many victims replaced their tires, only to walk out their front door and find them flattened again.

"Within the last three years, my wife's car has been hit three times on the rear tire," said Matt Carey.

He says the crime against cars is taking a huge financial toll on residents.

“It really is bringing a hardship to a lot of people in this community,” he explained. “There are a lot of people here on fixed incomes."

Willie Jackson-Baker is saddened by all the heartache. She’s the John M. Langston Civic Association president and says enough is enough.

"It's Christmas time, so if you've been hit twice in the last three weeks, think about the hundreds of dollars you're putting out in replacing tires," she said.

Lifelong Arlington resident Jerline Forman hasn’t gotten an estimate yet on what the crime will cost her. She is pleading with whoever is behind the slashing to stop.

"Stop the craziness,” she implored. “Stop the craziness."

Forman found two of her vehicles vandalized and her son who lives next door had his car hit too.

"It's ridiculous,” she admitted. “It doesn't make any sense."

As she and the other latest round of victims struggle to find the cash for repairs, they're left with more and more questions.

“Who’s this guy doing this and why's he doing this,” questioned Smith. “That's pretty much what everybody wants [to know]."

Police say they have no suspects at this time, but they are keeping a watchful eye. A neighborhood meeting is taking place on Wednesday, December 18 at the Langston Brown Community Center. It starts at 7 p.m.

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