Tires slashed, cars prowled in Olympia neighborhood

VIDEO: Neighbors wake up to find tires slashed in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A South Sound community woke up to find car tires slashed and multiple vehicles broken into.

Olympia police said they’re searching for the person who damaged at least a dozen cars in west Olympia’s Woodbury Crossing neighborhood between 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

“It’s upsetting. That was the last thing we thought of when we woke up in the morning. My husband was on his way to work, and he couldn’t go to work, obviously, because we had to deal with our two cars,” said Zara Dietrich.

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Dietrich said her husband’s and son’s tires were slashed. She shelled out $500 to get the cars fixed.

“It’s unsettling to know that people are out. To steal things is one thing, but to vandalize and all that is a whole other deal,” she said.

Not only is Dietrich out a pretty penny, she’s lost peace of mind. The damage was done in her own driveway.

She showed KIRO 7 video a neighbor took of a man car prowling Tuesday morning.

“The video’s only 12 seconds, but you can clearly see he’s doing something he isn’t supposed to be doing,” she said.

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A couple blocks over, someone broke into at least three cars and stole a woman’s house and mailbox keys.

“I went and changed my locks. It just feels creepy that somebody was in my stuff,” said Krista Mikealson.

She said it’s the second time a car in her driveway has been prowled this year.

“I always thought living in a neighborhood was safer, so I’m starting to rethink that,” said Mikealson.

In all, police said the vandal slashed at least 12 car tires, prowled three vehicles and slashed a truck bed cover.

“Knock it off. It’s not cool, not cool at all,” said Graden Payne.

Police are asking people in the neighborhood to check their security cameras to see if they caught the vandal on surveillance video.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Olympia Police Department.