SWANSBORO, Onslow County - Families across Onslow County woke up to something that would make any car owner furious -- more than a dozen of their vehicles' tires were slashed overnight.
Swansboro police are investigating the slashing of the tires, but there is no word yet as to who committed the crimes.
Many residents on Glancy Street in Swansboro are dumbfounded that someone would go around slashing their tires in the middle of the night.
"A lot of us don't even lock our doors when we go to bed at night," John Davis, a victim, said. "Obviously last night we started a new habit."
This tight-knit community is now taking extra precautions -- precautions that they didn't feel were necessary until this week.
"There's folks that have lived here all their life," Davis said. "They're 60, 70-years-old and they've never seen this before, so we're all very surprised."
John Davis said he, along with about 18 others in his neighborhood, made the shocking discovery on Thursday, November 2.
"We woke up that morning and got ready, my wife got ready to back the car up and it wouldn't back up," Davis said. "That's when we started learning that so many, like 10, of my tires were flat."
Davis said that it looks like a knife was used to puncture the tires on his vehicles. Those punctures are now causing a big financial headache.
Davis estimates that replacing everything new would cost him anything between $1,500 and $2,000. He also has a few theories about who might be responsible.
"Anything from kids, teenagers -- that sort of thing," Davis said. "Maybe gang initiation or something like that."
For now, Davis said he's left with more questions than answers. He's surprised, but he's taking action to prevent something like this from happening again.
"All of us are talking about adding more lights so we can see," Davis said. "I think we have one street light down there and then one over there and that's really all we've got, so we're all kind of talking about a little bit more illumination."
NewsChannel 12 has reached out to the Swansboro Police Department for an update on the investigation. This story will be updated as more information is uncovered.