Tredyffrin Township police seek suspect who slashed tires on 48 cars

Mike Dougherty
January 02, 2019 - 1:30 pm
Kelly Hudson's home security system captured blurry surveillance footage of the suspect.

Courtesy of Kelly Hudson


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police say tires on at least 48 cars were slashed in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, on the morning of New Year's Day at least 132 tires in total.

Kelly Hudson's kids were visiting from college for the holidays, so her family had five cars in the driveway of their home off Fairhill Circle.

"All four tires on four of them were slashed, and on my car it had two," Hudson said.

That's 18 tires, at about $200 apiece.

"It's actually frightening, because I don't understand why someone — what do they have to gain by this?" she said.

Hudson says police were quick to respond, and they were compassionate. But she feels the department just doesn't have enough bodies to patrol.

"They're stretched thin. It's tough," Hudson said. "We live on the outskirts of the town, so it was the perfect opportunity for someone to take that into account."

Hudson's home security system captured blurry surveillance footage of the suspect. In the video can be heard the whoosh of air escaping from the tires, and the suspect can be seen walking away from the scene.

Tredyffrin Township Police Lt. Tim Brown says the slasher was prolific and he hopes other families were able to get a better image. Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen something.

Brown is asking anyone else in the area with surveillance video from late New Year's Eve or early New Year's Day to share the footage with police.

"The best way, if they're going to make a report, is to dial 911," he said.

Meanwhile, Hudson says the neighborhood is bonding over the misery.

"I just hope that we can band together and find the person that would be sick enough to do something like this on New Year's," she said.