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Tires Slashed on 15 Vehicles in Brockton Vandalism Spree

No one has yet been arrested in connection with the tire slashings and other vandalism

Fifteen vehicles were found with slashed tires and several more with other kinds of damage — one had a racist message spray-painted on it — in an upscale neighborhood in Brockton, Massachusetts, Tuesday morning, police said.

Along with the more than two dozen slashed tires that officers discovered, two vehicles were keyed, one was spray-painted and had a window smashed, another had unspecified damage and a Ford F-150 that had all four tires slashed was stolen from as well, Brockton police said in a statement Wednesday.

No one has yet been arrested in connection with the vandalism, according to police. Investigators are looking at surveillance video and are asking for anyone with information about the case to call them.

"I'm still shocked right now, still a little frustrated," said Schneider Xavier, whose car had been keyed, its tires slashed, a window broken and the racist message written on it.

The family has lived in Brockton for 10 years and said they've never had a problem before.

"The person who did this might be a little cukoo," said Schneider's father, Wiseman Xavier. "For me, I don't understand because we don't have any enemies."

Police discovered the extent of the damage gradually.

They were initially called just before 6 a.m. Tuesday to Fairview Avenue near Stoneleigh Avenue, police said, where victims showed them three vehicles with slashed tires.

The officers spread out and discovered more damaged vehicles. The vandalized vehicles, 20 in total, included Hondas, Toyotas, two Ford pickup trucks, a Mercedes, a BMW, a Chrysler and an Acura, according to police.

They were located within a half-mile of each other, on Fairview Avenue, Braemoor Road, Rockland Street and Rock Meadow Drive.

Brockton saw another spree of tire slashings in January, according to The Enterprise, in which 17 vehicles were vandalized on the city's North Side.

Anyone with information on Tuesday's acts of vandalism can call police at 508-941-0234 or text them anonymously at 274637 by writing the word "BROCKTON" along with the information they wish to provide.

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