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Vandals slash dozens of cars’ tires at Little Havana apartment building

More than two dozen cars were vandalized early Wednesday at a building in Miami, at least the second similar case reported in the past two months.

The residents of apartments located at 814 NW 36th Avenue found their tires deflated and slashed, and Miami police are analyzing surveillance videos of a nearby building for information.

Nancy Miriam Salle’s new Toyota Corolla was one of the damaged vehicles. On Tuesday, someone had stolen the airbag out of Salle’s car, and she had planned on reporting the incident to her insurance company. Then both her new car and an old Toyota she owns had their tires destroyed.

“What they did to me yesterday was theft, but this today is pure vandalism,” Salle said. “We need to fence this building off because anyone can get in here. And see what happens?”

About 10 vehicles were still parked with their tires destroyed at the property’s lot Wednesday, while others were being repaired by mechanics or towed.

Mario Silva was among those affected. Silva said that about three years ago, his car’s airbag was stolen and that recently a radio had been taken from his son’s car.

“But we had never seen anything of this magnitude,” Silva said. “We’re going to have to do something about security.”

Some neighbors debated through the afternoon whether to invest money in a surveillance camera system or to hire a security guard to watch the 27-apartment building. Others proposed having the building fenced off to make it clear that it’s private property.

The police don’t know how many vandals were involved.

In March, car owners at a building in Little Havana were victims of vandalism and the theft of more than 40 vehicles.

The incident happened March 6 at an apartment tower at 120 SW Eighth Ave. Four masked men slipped by the building’s security, also during predawn hours.

The vandals used tools to hit 46 vehicles and broke the windows of some. They stole GPS devices, iPhones, iPads and other electronic items.

Miami police are asking that people who have information about the Wednesday incident call the county’s Crime Stoppers number: 305-471-8477. Information can be given anonymously.

El Nuevo Herald photographer C.M. Guerrero contributed to this report.

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