VIDEO: Dozens of tires slashed, leaving Lakeview residents frustrated

Video grabs show the vandal at work in Boystown early Sunday. | Provided

At least ten vehicles—and likely many, many more—had their tires punctured by a man who wandered the streets and alleys of Lakeview East early Sunday morning, according to police and neighbors. Now, video of the perpetrator has been sent to CWBChicago.

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The video shows a man walking through a Boystown alley at 3:34 a.m. He approaches a vehicle on a home’s carport and swiftly punctures the rear driver’s side tire.

You can hear the air rushing out.

He then moves to the front tire and does it again before casually walking away, letting off a whistling sound of his own to mock the wheezing tires.

Chicago police on Tuesday did not have a final tally on the number of vehicles and tires that were struck. Local social media group posts indicate that at least three residents counted 10 or more cars with tires slashed on different blocks in the area. Many of the vehicles had multiple flats, according to commenters.

“This guy slashed 3 tires on my neighbor’s car,” said one Boystown resident.

Another asks, “Anyone else on North Wilton between Belmont and School wake up yesterday to slashed tires? I noticed this morning that many cars are still sitting with flats.”

The video shows a slender man wearing distinctive jeans that have bleach stains on the front and back of the legs. He’s wearing boots and what appears to be a green jacket with a wide white or cream-colored stripe on its sleeves.

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