Jim Burke Ford dealership showroom vandalized for second time in two weeks

Posted at 4:17 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 19:23:02-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — For the second time in less than two weeks, the Jim Burke Ford was struck by a vandal at its downtown showroom, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages.

The dealership was first hit on May 10, when a vandal used dozens of rocks to break showroom windows and damage at least 15 vehicles. Officials said the damage from the first incident was estimated to cost over $70,000.

According to managers of the dealership, the second incident happened on Monday and damages are estimated to cost around $50,000.

Managers have released pictures of surveillance video, showing a person they believe to be the suspect in both incidents.

The Bakersfield Police Department originally confirmed the suspect in the first incident as a Hispanic male adult, about 35 years old, standing 5-foot 8-inches to 9-inches tall. He has a slim build, shaved head, dark goatee, and was last seen wearing no shirt, black pants and black/white Converse shoes.

BPD said they have not yet been able to confirm this is the same suspect in the second incident.

Kern Secret Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the suspect in this case.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111 or Detective R. Clark at (661) 326-3858.