Niagara Gazette

November 12, 2013

Vandalism suspect charged after slashing tires of 27 vehicles

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — A Falls man who police said was drunk and dealing with "personal problems" has been charged in connection with a vandalism spree that left dozens of vehicles in the DeVeaux neighborhood with slashed tires.

Perry Shirback, 24, 523 18th St., faces single counts of first-degree auto stripping and fourth-degree criminal mischief. However, investigators say that may just be the beginning of Shirback's problems.

"The auto stripping charge, which is a felony, deals with damage to three of more vehicles," Falls Police Detective Lt. Mike Trane said. "But we're preparing the paperwork to place many more charges."

Shirback reportedly went on his one man vandalism spree in the early morning hours of Wednesday at a large number of locations throughout DeVeaux.

"He was in a number of different neighborhoods," Trane said. "He was intoxicated and when he talked to (investigators) he had trouble remembering what streets he was on and how many vehicles he damaged."

Patrol officers reported that they documented at least 27 separate incidents of slashed tires in the areas where Shirback had been that morning.

"He admitted to his involvement (in the tire slashings)," Trane said. "He said he was upset over a personal matter and he took it out on the car tires."

Residents reported to the police that damage from the tire slashings could run into the thousands of dollars.