Friday, December 19, 2008

From the "Find a New Line of Work" File

Alleged tire slashers leave footprints in snow

By Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald staff writer
Richland, WA

Footprints in the snow led Richland police to two men suspected of slashing the tires on nine vehicles early Thursday.

Officers were called to the McDonald's at 101 Wellsian Way after a vehicle was found with its tires slashed and a mirror broken, police said.

Officers followed footprints in the snow up to the 300 block of Wright Avenue, finding at least eight other vehicles with slashed tires along the way, police said.

Each time, the footprints led up to the damaged vehicles.

Officers then followed the footsteps to a home, where they said they found Kyle J. Hissam, 22, of Richland, and Kaleb T. Lounsbury, 20, of Yakima. The home belongs to Hissam.

Both men were arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of malicious mischief.

Estimates have damages up to at least $1,000 so far.

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