Police in Monett are investigating a rash of tires being slashed in the area. Read the full press release below:
The Monett Police Department received numerous reports of tires being punctured and flattened to at least 59 vehicles since November 1st. The reports started coming in on Thursday morning 11/01/18 after the Halloween Holiday Wednesday evening. On 11/01/18, 11 tires were reported cut to 5 different vehicles. Damage was reported again Saturday morning 11/03/18, when 23 vehicles were reported to have damage to 30 tires. The damage was mainly on the west side of town. Additional reports were received Sunday morning with 45 tires on 30 vehicles damaged. Sunday morning the reports were made across town from Eisenhower and Nellie to Chapel Drive and Highway 60 including the Wal-Mart parking lot. Additional reports continue to come in from the initial event.
Estimates of the damage for all three days are in excess of $10,400 at this time. Officers are still receiving updated information.
Through tips and surveillance video Monett Officers have identified 3 adults and 4 juvenile suspects that used a white, extended cab, 2010 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 pickup with Texas license plates during the commission of the crimes. No suspect information is being released at this time pending formal charges through the Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Office, Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Office and the Juvenile Office of the 39th Judicial Circuit.
If anyone else was a victim of this crime spree and did not report it please contact the Monett Police Department at 417-235-4241 or if you have further information and wish to remain anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-635-8477.