Gladstone dealership vandal caught on camera

Gladstone dealership vandal caught on camera

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Posted on May 16, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Updated Saturday, May 17 at 9:47 AM

GLADSTONE, Ore. – A thief was caught on camera vandalizing car dealerships in Gladstone Wednesday. Now, a shop owner is hoping surveillance video helps catch the suspect.

The thief went on a two-hour-long vandalism spree, presumably looking for keys or ways to jump-start the cars. He tore apart steering columns and broke into a dealership office.

Cameras caught his every move -- even him falling out of a truck, flat on his face.

Steve Reece, owner of Reece Auto Sales, said more than half a dozen of his cars were torn apart in the rampage, causing around $8,000 in damage.

“It makes you furious, because you really can’t do anything,” Reece said. “It virtually closes you down for a few days just while you get everything reorganized and put back together.”

Reece speculated that the suspect became frustrated after he couldn’t hotwire the cars, so he just started damaging them. He eventually moved on to the dealership next door.

Reece is offering $500 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call Gladstone police.

KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report. 

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