Popped tire (illustrative)
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An indictment has been filed against a resident of the southern city of Kiryat Malakhi, on suspicion that he popped the tires of 21 vehicles in the city's Nachalat Har Chabad neighborhood.

The indictment, filed in the Ashkelon Magistrates Court, charges the suspect with intentional torts.

In a conversation with Channel 12 News, police commander Idan Swisa said, "On Friday morning about a week and a half ago, we at the station began to receive reports from residents of the city who noticed that their tires were cut in a way that could not even be fixed. For some of them it was more than one tire, and the cost of the damage amounted to over 2,000 NIS. In total, there were 21 vehicles which were damaged by the suspect's actions."

The head of the Investigations Office said, "We immediately began to investigate, on the intelligence level as well. We succeeded in following the footage, which showed the suspect walking with his dog at night between the vehicles. He was identified and arrested a few hours later."

"In his interrogation, he at first admitted to causing damage to several vehicles, and after additional actions and in-depth questioning he admitted to the other instances as well. All of the evidence, including the footage, has been transferred to the Prosecutions Unit of the Lachish Region, which has submitted a serious indictment against him, including 21 counts of intentionally causing damage to a vehicle, which is a felony which carries a prison sentence."