Wednesday , June 19 2024

Tires Slashed at Low Income Senior Apartments

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Vandals slash tires in downtown Fresno. The victims are those who can least afford it.<br /><br />The crime happened early Monday morning at Masten Towers apartment complex in downtown Fresno. <br /><br />The building is home to low income senior citizens. <br /><br />Cars and trucks near Community Regional Medical Center also had tires slashed. <br /><br />The victims at Masten Towers are elderly, and they are already having a difficult time making ends meet.<br /><br />As night falls on Masten Towers, residents are keeping a watchful eye from their windows. <br /><br />24 hours earlier vandals targeted the cars and trucks of people who live here.<br /><br />&quot;I don’t know what I would do if I found out who did this,&quot; said Masten resident Gary Lane. Lane had a tire slashed and a window broken in his car. Hundreds of dollars in damage.<br /><br />&quot;This is really hard for us to afford. Even the car insurance is hard to afford. So I am not covered under vandalism, this comes out of my pocket,&quot; Lane said.<br /><br />Lane survives on his disability checks. Other residents here are also on fixed incomes, with little to no money for repairs.<br /><br />Ed Sonora helped out a friend whose truck had a tire slashed. The friend is in his late 70s.<br /><br />&quot;It’s a shame because it’s older people that live here and they’re barely making it. And to come out and find their cars like this, it is heartbreaking,&quot; Sonora said.<br /><br />Police believe the vandalism happened between one and five Monday morning.<br /><br />&quot;It is unusual though. This is a very open parking lot. So you don’t see it that often. We’re checking for video to see if they have video to see what the suspects look like,&quot; said Lt. Joe Gomez with the Fresno Police Department.<br /><br />Officers got reports that tires were slashed on cars near Community Regional Medical Center. Investigators think it’s probably the same suspects.<br /><br />Residents hope the vandals are caught soon.<br /><br />&quot;It’s unfortunate, near Christmas, but that’s not going to break our spirits,&quot; Sonora said.<br /><br />If you have any information on the vandalism, you’re asked to contact Fresno Police or Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP.<br /></div>

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