By Doug Oakley
Police arrested a 33-year-old woman this week on a felony vandalism charge for allegedly puncturing tires on 74 cars in Berkeley and Oakland on Aug. 31.
Berkeley police arrested Mandisa Monroe of Berkeley on Tuesday. In addition to puncturing tires, police said she also spray-painted messages on some of the vehicles during her alleged vandalism spree.
Police said surveillance video shows Monroe puncturing tires on one of the cars. A search of her home revealed a "number of items that connected Monroe to images on surveillance videotape," police said in a statement. During a police interview, Monroe denied puncturing the tires "but did explain the phrases that had been tagged on the cars," police said.
On the morning of Aug. 31, residents on a one-mile stretch of California Street from Blake Street all the way to 62nd Street in south Berkeley and Oakland found tires on their cars punctured, police said. Punctured tires also were discovered on Julia, Russell and King streets, police said.