SHERIDAN — The owner of the Rails Brews and Cues bar on Broadway Street is offering an $800 reward for information that leads to the apprehension of whoever is responsible for slashing tires on 21 different vehicles in the pub’s parking lot early Saturday morning.
While police are also working on the case, bar owner Art Erickson announced the reward as incentive for the vandal to be caught and to let his customers know he has their backs.
“One of our patrons came inside and said, ‘I hear tires hissing outside,’” Erickson said, recounting how he first became aware of what happened.
He also learned a few people at the bar had seen the vandal and began chasing him, but the pursuit ended on the 700 block of Gould Street when they lost the trail of the perpetrator. The only identifying information witnesses were able to give was that it was a man they were chasing.
Sheridan Police Detective Jerry Rasmussen said a police officer was called to the establishment’s parking lot and found that multiple vehicles had been vandalized. Police took down information of all of the vehicles affected and have opened an investigation into the case. While some vehicles had only one tire destroyed, some had multiple tires cut.
Erickson mentioned he is working with his property insurance company to see if they can help the victims get new tires for their vehicles, though he was unsure whether the claim would be approved.
“I know that a lot of the people who come here just have basic insurance,” he said. “I want to see if I can help them.”
Erickson also discussed the possibility that more than one person could have been involved in the scheme, and said he said all the gashes in the tires appeared to have been made with a knife, though there were two distinct sizes of holes found in the rubber.
However, Rasmussen said it’s possible only one person carried out all of the slashings.
“It just boggles the mind, that someone would do something so hateful,” Erickson said. “I don’t know what people could do to protect themselves from something like this.”
Erickson said he appreciates the assistance he received in this matter from the Sheridan Police Department. He noted officers had done a drive by immediately before the incident occurred, and responded very quickly when they were called.
Rasmussen said it’s likely the offender would be charged with a felony because the monetary amount of property damage inflicted was easily over $1,000.
Anyone with information regarding this weekend’s mass tire slashing can call the Sheridan Police Department at 672-2413 or the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 67-CRIME. Sources will remain confidential.