COLUMBUS, IN—It happened quickly, one after another. As best Columbus Police can tell from 11:30 pm Monday night to 12:30 am Tuesday morning -- just one hour -- a vandal put his blade to rubber, over and over again.
In all investigating officers counted a total of 18 vehicles with tires flattened along a 4-block stretch of Lafayette Avenue, curiously all on the same side of the street.
And for some vehicles, it wasn't just one or two tires. One Chevy Suburban had every single tire slashed.
It's left some neighbors homebound trying to figure out how to get around anywhere not within walking distance. Some of the victims thought they saw the man in the act and enough evidence led police to a suspect and detectives are now building their case against him.
"We have identified a suspect that we're working to gather enough evidence to forward to the prosecutor's office to have formal charges filed against him," explained Lt. Joe Robinson of the Columbus Police Department.
As for the motive, officers told neighbors they think it was more than random vandalism. They felt he had a grudge against one of them.
"The guy was mad at one person and he took it out on a whole neighborhood? That's not right," said neighbor and victim Kellie Wilhelm.
This close to the holidays, the vandal's victims say he took aim at more than just them.
"It's hard this close to Christmas, it's gonna cost a lot of money," said victim Amy Clampitt. "It's gonna take away from the kids."
If and when charges do get filed, they could be more than just the usual misdemeanor. It's so many tires the damage could total more than $2500, which would qualify him for a felony.