A Waldoboro man who allegedly slashed 32 tires, including all the tires on three law enforcement vehicles, in Waldoboro the night of July 14 was arrested July 16 and faces a dozen charges, according to Waldoboro Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs.
Brian Bennett, 35, was arrested without incident at 8:45 p.m. on July 16 following an investigation into the tire slashings, Briggs said. Waldoboro Police Sgt. Jamie Wilson, Officer Larry Hesseltine, and Officer Chris Spear were involved in the arrest, she said.
According to a July 16 press release from the Waldoboro Police Department, 12 tires on three law enforcement vehicles were slashed behind the Waldoboro Municipal Building between 9 p.m. and midnight.
The next morning, the department received 10 more complaints of slashed tires in the area of Main and School streets, bringing the total number of tires to 32, according to the release.
Bennett is charged with two class C felony counts of aggravated criminal mischief, nine counts of class D criminal mischief, and one count of domestic terrorizing, all of which are related to the slashed tires, Briggs said.
Two of the criminal mischief charges were elevated to felonies because three of the vehicles involved, two from the Waldoboro Police Department and one from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, were emergency response vehicles, Briggs said.
There were two felony counts because vehicles from two law enforcement agencies were involved, she said.
Bennett was being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail, Briggs said Friday morning.