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A vandal went on a tire-slashing rampage overnight on Monday, stranding more than three dozen cars on 71st and 72nd streets — and residents say that the carnage came a day after a Park Slope tire shop plastered the area with business cards.

Neighbors on the block between Third Avenue and Ridge Boulevard said that the vandals slashed at least one tire on up to 40 cars 24 hours after business cards for Danny’s Rims Tires and Accessories were placed on dozens of car windshields.

“It could just be coincidental, but it’s kind of fishy,” said one neighbor who declined to be identified because he feared retaliation by whoever was behind the tire slashings. “Most times, it’s just some kid and they hit one tire. But this time, they did it so that you can’t just throw a spare on.”

Neighbors agreed that the carnage was too widespread to be the work of teens out having fun.

“This was either a nut or someone from another area trying to drum up business,” said Jack McLoughlin, who ended up forking over $250 on new tires for vintage Mercedes at the 67th Street Tire Corp. between Fourth and Fifth avenues. “You’re not going to get a lot of business doing this kind of thing.”

Cops said that they were looking into the connection between the slashings and the cards for the shop on Fourth Avenue between 11th and 12th streets.

“We are aware that there were some cards found on the area,” said Captain Richard DiBlasio. “The 6-8 detective squad has an open investigation on that.”

The slashings left locals fuming over wasting an entire morning getting their tires fixed.

“I was really mad. I’m still mad. I’m getting two used tires, but it’s costing $110 — plus I lost a half a day’s work,” said Hamdi Asad, who said that a neighbor rang his doorbell at 5 am to tell him that the block was hit overnight by vandals.

The brother of the tire shop’s owner flatly refused any connection.

“It’s got to be a bad coincidence,” said Jolio Moran. “We don’t pay people to slash tires. It’s frustrating that people would even think we would do something like that. We don’t even specialize in fixing flats. Our main thing is [selling] rims.”

The shop pays two men to distribute the cards, he said.

“My brother would never send people out to slash tires knowing that they’re going to come back here,” he said.

Local pols were incensed by the crime.

“We have a zero tolerance for such acts of vandalism in the Bay Ridge community and we will catch those who did this and see that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), a former cop.

— with Colin Mixson

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at dmacleod@cnglocal.com or by calling him at (718) 260-4507. You can also follow his Tweets at @dsmacleod.
Updated 5:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ken from Williamsburg says:
No mention of the fact that putting advertising on car windshields is illegal in the first place
Nov. 30, 2011, 6:25 am
Burns from Ditmas Park says:
Glad to see the Brooklyn Paper is ratcheting up it's divisive and harmful rhetoric! Why shouldn't a "community" newspaper do absolutely all it can to destroy a local small business?
Nov. 30, 2011, 9:39 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
They're "stimulating" the economy.
Nov. 30, 2011, 10:53 am
tire shops need money from tire shops making money says:
They didn't key the cars.
They didn't break windows.
They didn't steal stuff from cars for $.

They slashed tires to make money for tire shops.

Noticed that 1-3 blocks away from the tire shop, you see a lot of screws and nails on the road... HINT HINT HINT
Nov. 30, 2011, 11:21 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Where's Marty Golden? What's he doing to protect these folks in BR that don't have illegal curb cut driveways?
Nov. 30, 2011, 11:56 am
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
The best response would be for the owners to take their slashed tire(s) out of the neighborhood to be repaired instead of using the shop closests to where the car was parked when its tires were slashed.

If the slasher(s) was from a local shop(s), that would send a message not to bother in the future since they won't be the ones benefitting from the business.
Nov. 30, 2011, 11:56 am
trans alt from my bike says:
It's good to see car owners have to pay at least a fraction of the price they inflict on the rest of us daily.
Nov. 30, 2011, 12:29 pm
Ally McBoner from Brooklyn Heights says:
This all sounds very creepy!
Nov. 30, 2011, 1:02 pm
Truth from Bay Ridge says:
"... said state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), a former cop."

And current douchebag.
Nov. 30, 2011, 1:24 pm
K. from ArKady says:
Well if large institutions like banks can do this, why can't the little guy? Is this not the acceptable face of capitalism in the 21st century?
Nov. 30, 2011, 1:40 pm
Osama from Bay ridge says:
I think it was Vincent gentile who slashed the tires.
Nov. 30, 2011, 7:01 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I don't mind them leaving their calling cards, but slashing many tires is not the way to have them come, plus they can sue for that.
Nov. 30, 2011, 7:03 pm
CAR OWNER says:
TO :MY BIKE SAYS .
YOU ARE ON FOOD STAMPS
Dec. 1, 2011, 11:01 am
Paul A. from Bay Ridge/Ft. Hamilton says:
I recall a number of years ago a rash of car windows being broken and it was the same scenario, businees cards for glass replacement etc. How stupid could people be leaving a card after commiting a crime?? I don't have a car but I'd be more than highly pissed if it happened to my car! Also, when getting out of bed in the morning and you stub your toe do you blame Marty Golden??
Dec. 2, 2011, 11:40 am
prillis says:
Danny’s Rims Tires is on 4th around 10th or 11th. And they mainly do rims--which is pretty obvious if you walk by the shop. Doesn't make much sense to slash tires way down in B.Ridge and expect business . . .
Dec. 2, 2011, 4:23 pm
John from bayridge says:
one of the local tire shops must have paid somebody to do the tire slashing because of a person putting the cards on the cars to make like did it because the of the tire shop in parkslope is taking busines away from then in their terrortie.
Dec. 3, 2011, 8:49 am
James from Bayridge says:
I'm going to keep things short.
I witnessed this past summer either an employee or the owner of Dannys Tire shop on 11th street & 4th Ave slash the rear tire on a car several doors down from their tire shop close to 4th Ave & 12th street
I believe the car was a subrau outback - I was to busy to file a report with the 68Pct., I was down there on business & I regert it now.
Scumbags - Remember karma sucks
Jan. 1, 2012, 11:07 pm

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