Police charge three boys with tire-slashing crimes

Medford police have tracked down a group of boys thought to be responsible for a spree of tire slashings in the past month across west Medford.

Police charged three boys — two 13-year-olds and one 12-year-old — with first-degree criminal mischief, while an 8-year-old who was with them wasn't charged, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said. All were referred to the juvenile justice system.

Hansen said one of the 13-year-old boys, apparently acting out because of family problems at home, had gone out alone one night and slashed tires with a pocket knife. He gathered friends the next time when he went out.

In all, 30 tires were slashed on cars, trucks and even a school bus in 17 separate but related cases, police said. The damage was reported between Jan. 17 and Feb. 22 and totaled thousands of dollars, Hansen said.

He said the parents are cooperating with police, and restitution likely will be made as the case moves through the juvenile justice system.

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