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Car parts stolen from tornado-damaged shop in Fayetteville

Posted July 14, 2011

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— Burglars broke into a Fayetteville automotive shop early Wednesday and stole hundreds of car parts, police said.

West's Automotive, at 421 N. Reilly Road, was extensively damaged in an April 16 tornado.

Owner Morrison West said the burglars stole about $4,000 worth of parts, including 240 alternators, 115 carburetors and 120 starters. He said it likely took as long as four hours to pack up all the items.

"All that stuff weighs a lot, and they took it in trash cans towed out through the front door," West said. "There shouldn't be anything parked there at night, and they parked at the front door where everybody should be able to see them."

Police said they have no suspects in the break-in.


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  • loprestw Jul 15, 2011

    Again, fayetteville police not doing their jobs. like someone said if you want security hire private guards because our corrupt police force will not help. By the way, it sounds like an inside job.

  • Sherlock Jul 15, 2011

    It is not the job of the police to protect your property, our job is to stop the speeders and search your cars, the citiizens need to learn this.

  • Shine -On Jul 15, 2011

    That stuff will be hard to move at a scrap yard even if they strip the copper out of the starters and alternators. Hope they are caught.

    Looks like to me w/ all of the storm damage, that routine patrols would have been increased in those areas because of this very thing.

  • Glass Half Full Jul 15, 2011

    One would think some type of law enforcement would pass such a visible place in a 4 hour time span. But one would also think law enforcement in the same area would take notice of notices being posted in a neighborhood that there's an unregistered sex offender living there as well but it seems that would be way too much like doing one's job. Everyone is right advising you to check the salvage yards and flea markets. If you get your stuff back it'll be becuase you find it.

  • oleguy Jul 14, 2011

    We had some special items stolen, Called the local scrap yards and got a warm welcome, we were assured they never bought this. The first yard we visited we saw the items being loaded on the companys truck, we confronted the owner, and were told to leave the property, Before the law could be contacted the truck left along with our Items, there went the proof,,,
    Some not all the scrap yards are just as guilty as the robbers

  • bombayrunner Jul 14, 2011

    Probably be some nice stuff at the flee market over the next few months.

  • sunshine1040 Jul 14, 2011

    Sorry about your loss but here in Fayetteville you need to hire your own security guard to protect your property for the time you can ot be there the police are busy elsewhere. Increased patrols are a joke. the only increase in patrols in my neighborhood after breakins was phone calls letting us know of a meeting where police would give us info on protecting ourselves. in other words lets schecule a time when nobody would be home in the neighborhood so more robbery could occur. i have not seen a car patrol on my street since it was moved into

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 14, 2011

    No suspect in the case. Check the local salvage yard, put of posting at em to report anyone sell that type and quanity of scrap.