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Merrimack Valley

July 20, 2011

Boys and Girls Club director has two car tires slashed

LAWRENCE — Tires on the car belonging to the director the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club were slashed while the vehicle was parked outside the club last Friday.

Markus Fischer, director of the club at 136 Water St., told Officer Paul Plantamura he parked his 2006 Audi A4 convertible at the club on Friday at about 8:20 a.m.

A security video shows the man suspected of slashing the tires was in a car parked next to Fischer's.

The man met with a second man who got into the passenger side of his car as Fischer went into the building, and a short time later the driver got out of the car and punctured the driver's side front and rear tires of Fischer's car.

Fischer told police the man who slashed his tires was known to him as a friend of a former employee who had been fired.

Fischer told Plantamura he had the tires replaced because they were unable to be repaired because the punctures were on the sidewalls.

The damaged tires were valued at $160, police said.

Capt. Michael Driscoll stopped short of calling the incident revenge.

"It is difficult to know what goes through the mind of a person who is capable of doing something like this, he said. "The circumstances certainly seem suspicious."

Driscoll said the investigation is continuing.

The incident was reported at 12:40 p.m. Monday.

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