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Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 07/21/2011

VRE searches for serial seat slasher

A commuter train service is asking its riders to be on the lookout for someone slashing its trains’ seats the last few months.

The Washington Examiner reports that Virginia Railway Express spokesman Mark Roeber says 21 seats have been slashed. The service sent a message to its riders on Wednesday asking them to alert a conductor if they see someone slashing seats.

“We’ve been out there with staff and the Undercover Law Enforcement Officers but no luck so far,” the e-mail said. “Now, we ask you to help us keep watch during your commute to make sure we end this drama without any further sequels.”

Roeber says the seats cost $175 each to replace.

The newspaper says seat slashing is a common problem. Metro uses Kevlar, popularly known as the material used in bulletproof vests, in its newest bus seats.

By Associated Press  |  07:40 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Categories:  Virginia Railway Express, Metro

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