Dealer driven to despair
Tuesday, 6th August, 2013
By Kurtis J Eichler
A weekend vandalism attack could force Broken Hill Toyota to invest in CCTV and a security fence.
Staff returned to work at the car dealership yesterday after vandals smashed their way through vehicles in its car yard at about 6am Saturday.
A Suzuki parked along Chloride Street had all four passenger and driver side windows smashed and two brand new Toyota Hilux four-wheel drives and a used LandCruiser were targeted.
Police claim the offender’s weapon of choice was a crowbar.
Aerials and snorkels on other cars were also bent or broken by the vandals.
Dealer principal Randall Ragenovich said the damage - which could cost $8000 - was a “major inconvenience”.
Work will start on a revamp of the dealership in the next couple of months and the incident has Mr Ragenovich considering CCTV cameras and security fencing.
But he has to weigh up the cost of erecting a fence, which could be $60,000, against the risk of another attack. He said it’s the first time in four years the business had been targeted.
“It’s hard enough as it is,” Mr Ragenovich said.
“I’m paying interest on these cars (worth a collective $100,000) I can’t sell because they are at the crash repairers.
“The thing is you steal something you get something out of it.
“Malicious damage like this is just pathetic.”
Barrier LAC crime manager Mick Stoltenberg said senseless violence like this would not be tolerated.
“If people want to destroy property go home and smash up their own items they’ve gone out and paid for,” DI Stoltenberg said.
“Don’t go out and target innocent people whether they are business owners or not and create problems for them.”