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ONLY ON 3: WPD cameras missed downtown tire slashings

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police have no leads in a string of weekend tire slashings. In hopes of cutting back on mischief, a year ago WPD installed surveillance cameras downtown, but in this case, the cameras didn't catch any suspicious activity.

Early Saturday morning, Neal Whittington woke up to move his SUV from a metered parking spot on Walnut between 2nd and 3rd to a non-metered spot.

"I didn't even see the tires, so I got into the car and started driving away, and I felt obviously something was wrong," Whittington said.

What was wrong was that his tires had been slashed late Friday night along with at least 17 other vehicles in the area. Last year Wilmington Police installed cameras downtown hopefully to catch things like this, but this time the cameras did not catch anything not because they didn't work and not because they're not in the right place. There's actually one on 2nd Street that could have seen nine of the cars. Police Lt. Ed Pigford said officers watch the cameras during peak weekend hours, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and record the video.

"No one saw anything taking place this weekend on the cameras," Pigford said.

The camera's monitors are in the police department lobby, but are positioned behind the desk, so if you're not paying attention, anything can slip by.

"They have to be manually operated to be utilized in such a way to be panned, zoomed or any of those things," Pigford said.

According to Wilmington Police, there were six officers patrolling downtown this weekend.

If you have any information about the tire slashings, please call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3640.

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