Man Charged With Tire Slashing in Bellaire

Bellaire police arrested a man they believe slashed more than 30 tires in the village — including those on Disabled American Veterans transportation vans last fall.

Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan said officers arrested John L. Roskovich, 21, of 4204 Harrison St. on Thursday morning on five counts of criminal damaging for five tires he allegedly slashed. Flanagan said during questioning at the police station, Roskovich allegedly admitted to slashing many more tires, in addition to doing some other property damage.

“Lt. J.J. Watson has been investigating this. Through good, hard police work and talking to people and with the cooperation of people in town, we made an arrest,” Flanagan said, noting video surveillance also helped. “When we interviewed him, he confessed to slashing the tires — even the ones at the vet center.”

For now, Roskovich is being charged with a misdemeanor, but he likely will be charged with a felony later for damaging the additional tires, Flanagan noted.

“He caused a lot of people to miss work … He caused a lot of headaches,” Flanagan said. “He said he was doing this because he would get mad at work. He was doing this on the way home.”

One of the tires allegedly belonged to one of Roskovich’s co-workers, Flanagan added.

The slashing of DAV van tires occurred in October. At that time, police said tires on at least nine of those vehicles were damaged, forcing the veterans service to cancel and reschedule some veterans’ doctor appointments at the Veterans Administration hospital in Pittsburgh.

Roskovich is being held in the Belmont County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.