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Slashed tires leave SE morning commuters flat out of luck

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - The driver of this Inner Southeast vehicle didn't get to work on January 15th - at least, not in this car.Getting to work on Tuesday, January 15th, wasn’t the usual “morning grind” for car commuters who park their vehicles along S.E. Franklin Street. In fact, that “grind” ground to a halt for at least fourteen of them.

For more than two blocks, running north from SE 30th Avenue, neighbors came out and found a number of tires flattened.

“Some people were saying they thought it was kids from Franklin High,” neighbor Brenda Hattingen told THE BEE, looking at her flat tires. “But that’s ridiculous. The school’s dozens of blocks away, and S.E. Clinton Street is the only one that runs all the way up there.”

Two people were seen walking out of the area shortly before 5 am that morning, said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “They were described as 5'7" tall, and wearing dark clothing. It’s not clear that they are suspects, but they were in the area at the time of the crimes.”

An officer arrived and spoke to a neighbor who’d told 9-1-1 dispatchers there had been the sound of “something outside”, and two people then walked hurriedly eastbound on Franklin Street, Simpson added.

“The officer checked the area and located fourteen vehicles whose tires had been slashed,” Simpson said. “We hope someone will contact us if they think they can help identify the suspects in this case.”