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Paragould AR--Tiffany Blankenship Reports

Vandals Strike Greene County Car Dealerships

March 30, 2005--Posted at 6:00 p.m. CST

PARAGOULD--Vandals leave their mark on used car dealerships across Greene County. Chief JD Stephenson of the Paragould Police Department says, "We've had approximately 15 car lots sustaining a lot of damage to their vehicles somewhere between $70 to 80 thousand."

Rex Ellington of Ellington Auto Sales says, "Looks like they had a knife or a key or something and scratched two automobiles all over. You can't buff them out they will have to be repainted."

Scott Gramling of Gramling Auto Sales says,"The new dealer down the street had a severe case of vandalism a couple of weeks ago so I suspected it was coming. They keyed about 12 cars and they kicked the fender in on one of them also."

Ronnie Wright of Hoppe Auto Sales says, "We had a total of seven cars. The fenders were kicked in. There were 10 separate fenders."

The Paragould Police Department says they are making this case their top priority but still no leads on who might be responsible. However, there seems to be a trend in the damage.

 "I mean, it's pretty well the same everywhere. Just about every car lot with the exception of a couple, has been vandalized," Stephenson says.

This time the vandals only hit used auto lots, but they say several brand new cars were damaged just a few weeks prior at Tom Kirk Chevrolet.

The repairs will cost car dealers a chunk of change, and most of them are installing video surveillance to make sure the vandal doesn't strike again, and if that doesn't stop them...

"We've offered a five hundred dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible," Stephenson says. 

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