Residents in a quiet neighborhood woke up to an unpleasant surprise Tuesday when they realized that as many as 40 cars parked in the streets had tires slashed and paint scratched up overnight.
Cars, trucks, mobile homes and boats around one city block off El Camino Real stood on deflated tires, leaving many residents calling for help from insurance companies, mechanics and the police. Police said the mass vandalism occurred between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 5:25 a.m. Tuesday on Ray Drive, Balboa Avenue, Albemarle Way and Davis Drive next to Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Approximately 30 to 40 cars were damaged, said Cmdr. Mike Matteucci of the Burlingame Police Department.
Police did not have an estimate of how much the total damage would cost by Tuesday afternoon. The vandals did not break into any of the cars, he said, and that police do not have any suspect information, though the vandals were most likely a group of juveniles.
Matteucci said the tires were punctured by a sharp object, such as an ice pick, and it may have taken the vandals half an hour to vandalize the cars. Not all of the vehicles around the block were damaged.
“It can be people riding BART to the last stop, vandalizing the neighborhood and going back. Or it could be one of our own kids,” said resident Steve Frie, who had two cars with slashed tires.
The incident was unusual for the neighborhood, police said, but mass vandalism happens on an annual basis in Burlingame.