More than a dozen cars have tires slashed in early Tuesday vandalism

At least 15 cases in Berthoud
Posted at 5:34 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 19:34:52-04

BERTHOUD, Colo. – More than a dozen cars need to have their tires replaced in Larimer County.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is investigating about 15 cases of tires being slashed early Tuesday morning.

Denver7 spoke to one man who had the tires of his suburban vandalized.

“Well I woke up this morning, normal day, came outside and I noticed the black car across the street the tire was popped and I saw the one behind it,” said Jason Gerlich. “I look at my suburban and it was leaning over and I knew that someone had came out and slashed the tires.”

Deputies say cars on Sixth and Eighth Streets were vandalized. Most of them had two tires slashed.

Gerlich said he counted about 10 to 12 cars with flattened tires in his neighborhood. After making the discovery, he said he went inside and called the sheriff’s office and then broke the news to his neighbors.

“The rest was just knocking on neighbors’ doors and waking them up and being like hey, you won’t believe what happened this morning,” Gerlich said.

Gerlich believes the vandalism happened between 3 and 6 a.m. He told Denver7 one person left for work at 3 a.m. and didn't notice any damage, but another neighbor went outside at 6 a.m. to see the tires were slashed.

Gerlich now has to chalk up $430 to repair his popped tires.

“I’m going to park on the driveway tonight,” he said. 

He did have one message for the people responsible, who he believes are kids.

“Don’t do it again, it’s not fun, and someday they’ll drive a car and their tire will pop so they’ll figure out how much of a pain in the butt it is,” he said. “I can only imagine if I would’ve done this growing up, what my dad would’ve done to me. Yeah I would not be living to see another day so I hope they get caught and people don’t have to worry about it.”