Police investigate aircraft tire slashings in Alaska

    Police in Alaska are investigating the overnight slashing of tires on dozens of airplanes at a small airport in the state's largest city.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska are investigating the overnight slashing of tires on dozens of airplanes at a small airport in the state's largest city.

    The flattened tires were discovered Thursday morning on 87 small planes at Merrill Field, on the edge of downtown Anchorage. Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro says police are investigating the vandalism but she had few details.

    Airfield manager Paul Bowers says footage from security cameras is being reviewed. But he says the equipment is "not a panacea," and he didn't yet know if they captured everything.

    He says the best guess is that the vandalism occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Thursday. Aircraft tires can run as high as $2,000 each.

    According to Bowers, the affected aircraft owners have been notified directly or through messages.

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