Aug 22, 2011 6:39 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Man arrested in Thibodaux police tire slashings

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A 49-year-old man remained jailed Sunday in lieu of $48,000 bond after being accused of slashing the tires of dozens of patrol cars parked outside the Thibodaux Police Department headquarters.
Glenn Watkins was booked Thursday with 48 counts of simple criminal damage to property, according to a statement on the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office website.
Sgt. Lesley Hill, spokeswoman for the department, said Watkins has an extensive police record. She would not give details.
The motive is unclear and the investigation is continuing, Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said. "We have not excluded the possibility that there are others involved," he said.
Police have said that someone slashed 34 tires on new Chevrolet Tahoes before dawn May 5, and 20 police car tires on June 3, for more than $7,000 total damage.
Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii and Mayor Tommy Eschete asked the sheriff's office to lead the investigation.
"I'm glad we've come to at least some conclusion," Eschete told The Daily Comet.
Although police had said the tire slasher appeared to know something about department security - attacking first in a lot without cameras and staying out of range of cameras in the second lot - the newspaper said Watkins has never worked for the department.
"While there has been rumor and speculation about the possible involvement of a person or persons connected to the police department - it remains just that, rumor and speculation. We cannot at this time confirm or deny such involvement," Webre said in the news release.
It was not clear whether Watkins had an attorney.


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