MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Vehicles in Miami Beach were vandalized overnight.
On Friday morning, about half a dozen cars had slashed tires in a public parking lot near 53rd Street and Collins Avenue.
Micheal Zitomer, who picked up his car from the parking lot, began to drive away but noticed he had a flat tire.
When he returned to the parking lot, he realized other cars also had flat tires.
“Who runs around doing that?” said Zitomer. “I can almost see maybe, like popping, slitting one person’s tire, but they literally go around like they were on a mission to slit everyone’s tires. It’s really unbelievable and unacceptable.”
Other drivers didn’t find out what happened until they went to their cars.
A man, who spoke to 7News in Spanish, said he had just found out about the damage to at least one of his tires.
“Me estoy dando cuenta en este momento,” said the man.
The man had no idea who could have done this.
“It’s crazy, crazy. I can’t believe this is happening,” said Mauro Rosas.
Rosas is helping his friend by changing his flat tire.
“I hope they catch these people because, you see, in my breaktime I’m here,” said Rosas. “This is not fair.”
Miami Beach detectives are investigating nine cases of car vandalism in the parking lot alone.
Several vehicles have already been towed.
“Come to find out, apparently, there was some damage done to the tires on the property, which is terrible,” said Alex Borrego, who parked in the lot, “but luckily enough, my explorer is OK.”
While Borrego’s car wasn’t damaged, it was enough for him to question whether he wants to park here again.
“Maybe not after hearing what happened, you know, apparently there’s a whole bunch of cars that got their tires slashed,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll be parking here again, to be honest.”
And has left other people wondering why anyone would want to destroy someone’s car.
“It’s only to make damage to the people,” said Rosas. “It no makes sense.”
Police are investigating the incident and have extra officers patrolling the area.
If you have any information on this vandalism, call Miami Beach Police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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