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Tires slashed around downtown Belle Fourche Thursday

August 12, 2018

BELLE FOURCHE –– Only one day after 43 windows were broken out of the rear of the Belle Fourche High School Wednesday, numerous vehicles around the downtown area of Belle Fourche were struck by tire slashing vandals Thursday.

Tires on four mail delivery vehicles parked on the eastern side of the Belle Fourche Post Office were slashed overnight Thursday.

Belle Fourche Post Office Postmaster Anne Carter declined to comment Friday but posted on a Facebook page Thursday asking for information about who may have committed the crime. Additionally, Carter’s post said that as a result, Friday’s mail delivery “may be a little late.”

Belle Fourche Police Chief Marlyn Pomrenke declined to comment on the vandalism incidents but referred the Pioneer to a post on the police department’s Facebook page. The statement, posted Friday afternoon, said the department has been investigating several reports of vandalism the last few days, including damage to windows at the Belle Fourche High School, and damage to tires belonging to the post office, “transit authority” vehicles, and city owned vehicles.

Mayor Gloria Landphere said Friday that one city vehicle parked in the city hall parking lot had all four tires slashed Thursday overnight. Additionally, Landphere said, some Prairie Hills Transit vehicles that were parked in a city owned parking lot near city hall were also damaged, although she could not speak to the extend of the damage.

The Facebook post on the Belle Fourche Police Department’s Facebook page said the department “is making significant progress on each case, and expect to file reports with the Butte County States Attorney for charges.”

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