Recent auto vandalism angers dealership owners

Justin Dickie
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In eight years at Amherst Chrysler, president Mike Allen has never been a victim to vandalism this severe.

Two weeks ago Chrysler had a tire slashed, a mirror kicked off a new truck, a half dozen car hoods 'keyed' and a truck door dented totaling roughly $2,000 in damages.

Recent auto vandalism angers dealership owners

In eight years at Amherst Chrysler, president Mike Allen has never been a victim to vandalism this severe.

Two weeks ago Chrysler had a tire slashed, a mirror kicked off a new truck, a half dozen car hoods 'keyed' and a truck door dented totaling roughly $2,000 in damages.

Last week, Allen arrived at work to see seven slashed tires, another half dozen hoods keyed, and at least a couple side mirrors scratched, totaling $3,000 more in expenses.

"Its at the dealers expense, we cant get insured for this," Allen said. "Usually we can stand a few thousand dollars a year in damages, but when its the way its been in the last few months and last couple weeks, its getting pretty heavy."

Vandalism has cost the local Chrysler dealer nearly $10,000 so far this year.

Other businesses that have been extensively vandalized recently include Jim Henwoods Auto Sales, D.R. Polleys Used Cars Ltd., Ed Chittys Trailer Sales, and BJs One Stop.

Doug Polley Sr., owner of D.R. Polleys, said its "ridiculous" that vandals have been doing this, but alleges the Amherst Police Department is part of the reason for the repeat offenses.

"The problem is from the top, the deputy and the chief, because they dont want nobody to know whats going on in this town," Polley said. "They need to let people know whats going on so they can be on the lookout for these fellas.

"The chief wont let the boys do their work."

Polley accuses the police brass of being more interestd in traffic violations than investigaiing crime.

When deputy chief Ian Naylor was asked who else had been targeted by vandals, he said, "We deal with thousands of complaints a year here, and to be able to rhyme everything off to you individually, I wouldnt do that."

When Naylor was made aware of Polleys comments, he said the department continues to do all they can for the community.

"We can assure you that we take these things serious," Naylor said. "We do our best and we try very hard to solve these and well continue to do so."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Police Department

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