Crime

Atascadero car lot says kids slashed 28 tires, causing $7,000 in damage

At least three juveniles slashed 28 tires and caused more than $7,000 in damage at Triple 7 Auto Sales in Atascadero last weekend, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page.
At least three juveniles slashed 28 tires and caused more than $7,000 in damage at Triple 7 Auto Sales in Atascadero last weekend, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page.

At least three juveniles slashed 28 tires and caused more than $7,000 in damage at Triple 7 Auto Sales in Atascadero last weekend, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page.

Surveillance cameras across the street at Triple 7 Auction captured the minors slashing 28 tires on 14 cars at about 9 p.m. Saturday.

Triple 7 Auto Sales’ Katie Thompson said three suspects — a seventh-grade girl and two 10th-grade boys — have been identified and arrested.

Atascadero police Sgt. Caleb Davis said authorities also have identified a fourth suspect, who had not been located as of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Triple 7 Auto Sales thanked the community for “spreading the word of our devastating vandalism” and said they hope the local minors “learn how severely they’ve hurt our hometown business.”

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