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Vandals Smash Glass in Dozens of New Cars

Posted April 11, 2007
Updated April 12, 2007

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— A Fayetteville car dealership faces two weeks of having cars repaired as glass and tail-light lenses are replaced in 49 new vehicles damaged by vandals.

Dan Dederick, general manager of Hendrick Chrysler Jeep on Raeford Road, said the attack came in the dark of Easter morning.

"You can see they hit it right here, like with a hammer,” Dederick said as he pointed to a windshield with a hole and shatter lines.

Police said the culprits cut through a chain-link fence and made their way into a back lot.

"I've been in the car business for 34 years, and I've never seen that kind of damage anywhere at any dealership," Dederick said.

Workers wrapped damaged cars in plastic that keeps rain from getting on the new interiors. The total cost of the damage is estimated at $70,000.

"It's a damage to everybody, and I'm hoping that maybe somebody will come forward and tell police who did it," Dederick said.

Also last weekend, vandals damaged more than a dozen mailboxes in a neighborhood near the dealership, police said, but it's not clear if the two cases are related.

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  • Censor victim Apr 14, 2007

    Caning would be ideal punishment for these bad actors.

  • At Work Apr 13, 2007

    I agree with Chevrolet Corvette Sales it sounds like a mad x-employee! These days theres no telling.

  • .45 Apr 13, 2007

    Nobody has mentioned eco-terrorists. I'm sure a lot of these cars got bad gas mileage. Remember a few years ago when E.L.F. burned all those Hummers in CA. We just have to keep these environment destroying car off the road by any means necessary.

  • Fence Straddler Apr 13, 2007

    Break their hands if you catch them!!!! Sorry hodlums!!!!

  • JUNKMAN Apr 12, 2007

    STROLLING BONES YOUR RIGHT YOU DO STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTECT YOURSELF IF YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER HOWEVER IF YOUR NOT IN DANGER YOUR ARE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES THE DOGS INCUR. I'VE PAID THE PRICE I ONLY HOPE YOU DON'T GO BEFORE THE JUDGE

  • smoothtip99 Apr 12, 2007

    Who knows the owner could be doing bad business and hired someone to damage his cars for the insurance money. He probably is going in the hole and need some bread money. Happens all the time.

  • strolling bones Apr 12, 2007

    Junkman do you think shooting to kill is better? I do not believe they have outlawed your right to defend and protect youself or your property....i could be wrong now...

    I assure you they come thru my dogs...the next option is shooting to kill...

  • rpdwife05 Apr 12, 2007

    I dont know about a disgruntled employee/customer or children doing the damage. I think a couple of mean spirited people be it teenagers or not did this just because and for no other reason.

  • Tarheel By The Grace of God Apr 12, 2007

    I agree with you Jeff DeWitt. Several years of picking up litter to pay for damages would certainly have a discouraging effect. Also, while picking up the litter, they should have to wear a sign that says what they did.

  • Corvette Sales Apr 12, 2007

    Most people who have bad credit, know they have bad credit. So, I don't think that is the case. I also don't think it was kids. Im wondering if anyone has gotten fired lately. Either in Sales or service or the detail shop.

    Most people that get upset at car dealerships. Get upset about the price or how the where treated at another dealership. I know everyone wants the best price.

    I don't have that problem. They all love me. LOL

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