Car dealers step up security after burglaries

POSTED: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 4:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Three dealerships in Waco hit in a rash of car burglaries.

"We left work, and then came to work in the morning, and first thing I saw: no rims and tires," says Toby's Auto's Finance Director, Brian Mehta.

This isn't the first time its happened. Thieves have broken in to these dealerships more than five times over the past year.

Owner of Quality Cars, Byron Jackson, says he is tired of it.

"It's gets really aggravating to see someone come in and take your stuff that you work hard to do and make right for the customer, and these guys just come in and take your stuff."

This time, surveillance video caught it all on tape.

The burglars steal everything from tape players to DVD players and TV screens, costing the dealership thousands of dollars.

"Words cant even express it. All the money for tires and rims. Plus, we have to wait on vehicles to get repaired," says Mehta.

"We got to open up the next morning, and that car that's been hit, we're going to have to spend money on to get fixed," explains Clark Motor's Brandon Bonge.

Now Bonge of is taking matters into his own hands, protecting himself with guns and his business with surveillance cameras.

"It is my right to protect my life and my property. Hopefully, it doesn't come to that. What I'd like to see happen is see the citizens of Waco ban together because obviously they're very tired of this, too. If you see something, say something."

The burglars are described as Hispanic men in their early 20s and 30s.

The dealerships have pooled their money and are offering a $750 reward for anyone who can identify these men.



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