Vandal slashes tyres, reward offered to catch offender

ANGRY: Carpenter Dale Harrison with his work ute and trailer that had tyres slashed early Tuesday morning. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 102517cslashd1b
ANGRY: Carpenter Dale Harrison with his work ute and trailer that had tyres slashed early Tuesday morning. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 102517cslashd1b

A BUILDER has been left $900 out of pocket, and he and his apprentices missed a day of work, after someone slashed the tyres on his work car.

Dale Harrison, a Bathurst carpenter, woke at 6am on Tuesday to find his work ute, a Holden Colorado, had two of its tyres slashed, while three of the tyres on his work trailer had also been destroyed.

The truck was parked in Graham Drive, Kelso overnight when the attack occurred.

Dale said his apprentices broke the news, saying he wouldn’t like what he saw.

“The two passenger tyres were slashed and there were three on the trailer. They were all destroyed.”

Dale said the knife blade used in the attack broke off in one of the tyres, and believes if that hadn’t happened, whoever slashed the tyres would have done them all.

“I think that’s the only reason they stopped, because the blade broke, otherwise they would have kept going,” he said.

Dale said all the slashed tyres had to be replaced, costing him about $900.

“It’s $900 I didn’t want to have to pay out,” he said.

Another cost was the fact he and his two apprentices all lost a day of work, costing his business money, as the apprentices still had to be paid. 

Dale said he believes his ute was targeted.

“There were two other cars around which were not touched, and one of them was two metres away from where my ute was parked,” he said.

Wanting to catch the offender out, Dale has offered a reward of $500 to anyone who can provide information which leads to the arrest of the person by police.

He said since the incident a lot of people have contacted him with a name of a possible offender, but nothing concrete enough for police to lay charges.

“Unfortunately [so far] no one has come forward saying they saw the person doing it, and there’s no video footage, so there’s not a lot that can be done.”

He said the offer of the $500 reward still stands and if someone comes forward with information leading to a conviction, he will pay the reward to them.

Anyone with information can contact Dale on 040 352 6458.