MANVILLE, NJ – Another 35 cars parked on neighborhood streets had their tires slashed between midnight and 4 a.m. Thursday, the second such incident in less than two months.
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said the most recent slashings occurred within the northwest section of Manville, specifically on Green Street and the surrounding residential areas.
The first spate of tire slashings involved 40 parked cars on June 11 between 2 and 4 a.m. A vehicle was also set on fire, according to Robertson.
The June 11 incidents also occurred within the northwest sections, between North 7th Avenue and North 13th Avenue, Robertson added.
Video footage acquired during the investigation of the June 11 rampage released on July 23 shows the suspect slashing the tires on a vehicle and is described as a Caucasian male, wearing a light-colored hooded jacket.
The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Manville Police Department are working to recover video surveillance footage of the most recent incident. The investigation has already determined that the suspect is a Caucasian male, wearing a hooded jacket, according to Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Manville Borough Chief of Police Mark Peltack.
Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc. has increased the reward up to $750 for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the tire slashings. Information can be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
Also, anyone with information can contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Manville Police Department at (908) 725-7677 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.