Car dealer getting hit with constant vandalism

Posted at: 08/19/2013 5:41 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a story that's enraged a community. Somebody defecated on a car at a dealership and used an American flag to clean up the mess.

Today, we're learning APD plans to step up efforts to prevent more vandalism in the area.

It's been one thing after another at the Roadrunner Auto Mart.

"They stole all the ramps because they're metal. On my tow truck, they stole all the components on the back because they're metal, last week they stole the hydraulic pump from underneath the truck," owner Brad Ekhoff said.

Sunday night, Ekhoff came in to get some work done and noticed someone had tagged his trucks and saw that someone had defecated all over the side of the truck, then took out the American flag from the window, used the flag to wipe himself and threw the flag on the ground.

"Well the officers, when they do come out, the things that are happening here aren't of any priority, so that's hard on any business guy, to get an officer out here is pretty rare," Ekhoff said.

KOB took these concerns to the area's police commander, Harold Medina.

"Our next step is one of our reps from the command level; one of the shift lieutenants. We'll be reaching out to this individual to make contact to see how we can help him and to see if he wants to sit down with our crime prevention specialists and get information to help prevent him from being a victim," Medina said.

Ekhoff will likely beef up security and install better surveillance.

Even though stats show crime across southwest Albuquerque is down, other car dealerships in the area have been targets of vandalism and auto theft in the past couple of months.

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