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Woman vandalizes cars, stabs inflated snowman

A woman was arrested and her car impounded after Birmingham police received calls that a driver near the corner of Southlawn and Edgewood had gotten out of her car, slashed the tires of vehicles, and then stabbed a blow up snowman on the evening of Saturday, November 28.

Witnesses reported to 911 that a driver of a silver Toyota Scion XB exited her vehicle, slashed the tires of another vehicle near the corner of Southlawn and Edgewood streets, and stood around for a moment. Police dispatch remained on the phone with the witness and relayed the Scion's travel route to responding officers. They reported that the driver got out of her vehicle again, vandalized another vehicle between Pierce and Grant streets, and then stabbed an inflated snowman that was on the front lawn in the 300 block of E. Southlawn.

A Birmingham officer performed a traffic stop near the intersection of Pierce and Northlawn, with two additional officers arriving shortly afterwards. The driver, a 20-year-old female from Pontiac, initially denied vandalizing the vehicles as well as the destruction of property. However, due to the report of a stabbing instrument, officers requested that she exit her vehicle to speak with the officers, and she complied.

Officers performed a weapons check on her person, but none were found. Upon further question, the driver stated that she did have a knife in the glove box of her vehicle, and authorized officers to check the vehicle to retrieve it. Officers recovered a knife as well as a punch tool from the passenger side glove box.

The driver admitted to officers damaging three vehicles as well as the snowman.

The following day, Sunday, November 29, a day shift officer took two more malicious destruction of property reports for additional vehicles in the area where the driver had been, for a total of five vehicles damaged by the woman.


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