Man slashes tires of veteran vans, says it made him "feel good"

BELLAIRE, Ohio (WTRF) - Bellaire Police said the man who admitted to slashing tires all over town told them he did it for three reasons: his life was boring, he has anger issues, and it made him feel good.

Now, 21-year-old John Leroy Roskovich is in the Belmont County Jail.

Police said his tire slashing cost many people a day of work, and at least $100 to replace their tires.

Even worse, when he slashed the tires of the Veterans Office transport vans, he deprived veterans of their much-needed rides to VA hospitals in Pittsburgh and Columbus.

"This guy had set the veterans back, you know, a week or two. A lot of these guys go up there to get their treatments and their therapy. They're on a waiting list for months on end. So that was definitely a no-no, messing with the veterans. And, you know, we have several veterans here at the police department so we kind of take a personal look at it," said Acting Chief Dick Flanagan.

Officials said the tire slashings began back in October.

Roskovich reportedly walked to work and back, and carried a knife with him, targeting parked cars on his path to and from his job.

He also allegedly carved his initials into the surface of a fiberglass boat.


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