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$10,000 in damage to tires, construction equipment reported in Mercersburg

December 19, 2011

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — About $10,000 in damage was reported over the weekend in Mercersburg when someone slashed 47 tires on 24 vehicles and damaged two pieces of construction equipment, Mercersburg police said in a news release.

The incidents occurred between 10 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday on various streets and alleys on the west side of the Borough of Mercersburg.

Police released a list of affected vehicles, which included model years ranging from 1989 to 2012.

A fuel line was cut in a JLG lift, and its throttle rod was removed. A seat covering was cut in a John Deere skid loader, police said. Both of those items were parked along College Alley at its intersection with Varden Alley.

“Criminal mischief in excess of $5,000 is considered a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to a $15,000 fine and/or seven years in prison,” the news release stated.

Anyone with information about the incidents may call police at 717-328-2221 or Franklin County Crime Solvers at 717-264-3000.

Crime Solvers, which offers rewards leading to conviction, also accepts tips at its website,  www.franklincountycrimesolvers.org.

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