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Tires slashed on five city vehicles

Farmington police are looking for tips regarding the identity of a person who slashed tires on five city vehicles parked outside of Farmington City Hall Sunday night.

Six tires were slashed around 9:30 p.m. Sunday by an individual police detective sergeant Lee Hollatz described as a younger male or teenager. The activity was caught on a video surveillance camera outside of city hall.

Though police have no suspects at this time, Hollatz said the young man in the video appears to be wearing a hood and riding a bicycle. Police are asking that anyone who saw something suspicious downtown Sunday contact the police department, 651-280-6700.

Sergeant Jim Murphy, who responded to the call, said the suspect used a sharp instrument to damage the tires. The vehicles included one Durango used by the parks and recreation department and four pick-up trucks, all of which were parked in the back lot at city hall.

Preliminary damage estimates range from $2,500 to $5,000, Hollatz said.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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