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INVESTIGATION INTO TIRE VANDALISM CONTINUES

(This news release is being put out in response to media inquiries)

The Broward Sheriff's Office continues to investigate last year’s spate of tire damage that so far has resulted in the arrest of one Broward man.

Beginning in early November of 2001, the sidewalls of tires on more than a thousand vehicles were punctured from Palm Beach County to Plantation and many points in-between.

In mid December of last year, BSO deputies arrested 41-year old Charles Ardito of Margate and charged him with puncturing a tire on a pickup truck in Pompano Beach.

On the morning of December 15, 2001, the victim reported seeing the driver of a Yellow Cab get out of his taxi, make a jabbing motion near the victim’s pickup truck, then get back in the cab and drive off. When the victim inspected his vehicle moments later, he noticed that one of the tires on the truck was leaking air from a puncture.

Using the cab number, BSO detectives tracked the taxi to Ardito who admitted that he was driving the cab from 5:30 to about 9:30 the morning of the 15th.

Ardito was charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief and released on $25.00 bond. He is one of many leads that that detectives have worked in their on-going investigation into this spree of vandalism.

The Broward Sheriff's Office did not release specifics surrounding Ardito’s arrest prior to today in order to protect any sensitive criminal information in this continuing investigation.

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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