SACRAMENTO - It wasn't Santa who was making his rounds in one Sacramento neighborhood. A vandal was up early Christmas morning slashing dozens of tires, and it was all caught on camera.
"I noticed around 2 o'clock some guy was just walking around, puncturing the tires," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified. His surveillance system caught the man in the act.
"The person, he [was] just casually walking, he wasn't trying to hide, he wasn't trying to duck, he just came through, he just hit one car and then hit another car," described another resident.
Dozens of flat tires lined Hayfield Circle and Newfield Circle. Even cars parked on residential driveways were hit early Christmas morning.
"I couldn't really see his face because he was walking with his back turned," said Tasha Broadway. She was actually inside her boyfriend's car when the tires were sliced.
"I thought he kind of pushed the car and then I couldn't really see what he was doing."
She, like many of her neighbors, didn't notice anything was wrong until later Christmas day.
"My neighbor said, 'did your car get hit?' I looked and we just sort of realized it was a mess. It was terrible," said one victim.
Getting new tires wasn't on anyone's wish list, at least not until Christmas morning.
"I have to replace them. I just bought them about a month ago," said Chao Vang, who had one of his tires slashed.
Neighbors hope the surveillance video leads to the arrest of the vandal who put a crimp in the Christmases of many people.
by Carlos Saucedo, CSaucedo@news10.net