62-year-old accused of slashing tires on 66 vehicles in Outer Banks — mostly Jeep Wranglers


Richard G. Perrot

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (WAVY) — A man has been arrested in connection to a string of tire vandalism in Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year.

Richard G. Perrot, 62, was caught in the act of slashing vehicle tires at the Seashore on Sunday afternoon, according to the National Park Service.

Around 3 p.m. on August 11, the man was arrested after National Park Service Rangers and Fish and Wildlife Officers saw the man in the act of puncturing an abandoned Jeep Cherokee’s tires parked on Ramp 23 located in Salvo, North Carolina.

Rangers say the majority of vehicles targeted were sport utility vehicles, specifically Jeep Wranglers. Since the beginning of this year, at least 66 vehicles have been slashed at Seashore parking lots.

Officials say the arrest on Sunday afternoon was the result of a variety of investigative techniques used to catch Perrot.

He’s expected to appear in federal court Monday afternoon in Elizabeth City.

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