Tires on 50 Cars Slashed, Graffiti Left on Fences, Trees in Orchard Mesa Neighborhood

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says it has still not made any arrests in connection to the vandalism of an Orchard Mesa neighborhood. Sunday morning, residents there woke up to find their tires slashed and graffiti on their fences, trees, and mailboxes.

Officials say sometime between midnight and 6:00 Sunday morning, a group of vandals hit the area from East Lynwood to Arlington and B 1/2 to Oxford -- slashing the tires of about 50 cars and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

"This is always a real quiet neighborhood," said Todd Gress, a Lynwood Street resident. "Not a whole lot goes on."

But Gress and dozens of his neighbors learned a whole lot could go on along their street. Sunday morning he was awakened by sheriff's deputies who told him a tire on his truck had been slashed.

"I was kind of lucky," said Gress. "I only got one where some of my neighbors got all of them slashed."

A few blocks away, Chase Murchison woke up to find out he wasn't so lucky.

"Got all four of mine," said Murchison. "That's twenty-six hundred dollars worth of damage to my truck. These are hard times, we're all struggling oil field workers."

As those residents worked on their cars Sunday, they said there is only one way to describe how they are feeling -- frustrated.

"I was real mad," said Gress. "We work hard for what we've got, especially with the way stuff is nowadays."

"It's kind of sucky that people have to come around and don't have anything better to do with their time than slash people's tires," said Murchison.

Some residents who didn't have to work on their cars, did spend their afternoon working on another mess. Graffiti was found on fences, trees, and mailboxes among other things. Officials say they're not sure if it's related to the tire slashings. But the people who painted over the symbols say they can relate to their neighbors with flat tires.

"We're here to take it back," said Dan Tannery, who was painting over the graffiti. "We're not gonna put up with it."

A local business didn't want them to have to put up with it either. True Value Hardware heard about what happened and donated the paint needed to cover the graffiti.

"When they need help, we're willing to help them out," said Ron Bickmell, who works at True Value Hardware.

But residents say it will ultimately be up to them to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"We've got our cameras out and we're watching you through the neighborhood here."

If you have any information about this crime, you are urged to call the anonymous Crime Stoppers tipline at 241-STOP.

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