Tires slashed and exteriors keyed on multiple vehicles in downtown areaAstoria police are looking for vandals who struck dozens of vehicles in Astoria on Friday night, slashing tires on some and keying others.

Astoria Police Chief Rob Deu Pree said the incidents took place in and around downtown Astoria, from about Eighth Street to 16th Street and between Duane Street and Grand Avenue. In most cases, two tires were slashed on each vehicle, he said. Keying is using a key or other sharp object to damage a vehicle's paint job.

"It looks like one or a few people just went through that area and did damage," Deu Pree said. "It looks like they all happened around the same time."

The first report came in at 12:06 a.m. Saturday, when a woman told Astoria police someone had slashed two tires on her vehicle within the preceding 15 minutes. It was parked in the old Safeway parking lot. Damage was estimated at $600.

At 9:03 a.m. Saturday morning, Ocean Crest Chevrolet, 426 14th Street, reported 11 vehicles in its lot had been keyed. Managers estimated damage at $10,000. A few minutes later, Lum's Auto Center, 1625 Exchange Street, reported two vehicles had been keyed. Damage was estimated at $500.

Additional reports of slashed tires came in later Saturday morning, including three at the City Parking lot on Exchange Street, one in the 900 block of Franklin Avenue, two in Ninth Street, another at 10th and Exchange streets and several tires on two vehicles in the 900 block of Grand.

Anyone with information about the vandals, or who noticed anything suspicious Friday night or early Saturday morning, is asked to the Astoria Police Department at (503) 325-4411.


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