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Local dealership, Jim Burke Ford vandalized

Posted at 10:42 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 13:44:05-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Using dozens of rocks and 30 minutes of time, one vandal destroyed Jim Burke Ford in downtown Bakersfield on May 10.

By the time security and BPD arrived at the scene. the vandal had already caused over $70,000 in damage, including 15 new and used vehicles and almost every glass window in the showroom.

"It is saddening to know that someone would spend their time defacing property in the midst of our current economic and health crisis. Luckily the deplorable acts of one vandal were outmatched by the swift actions of our police department, local businesses and contractors. This is a community that pulls together and we were proud to see that on display when it was needed most,” said President and CEO, Dan Hay.

At approximately 9:45 p.m. a witness saw the crime in progress and quickly contacted store employees and the BPD.

With the help of Tel Tec Security, M&S Security and 0&A Security the site was secured and the BPD where able to apprehend a suspect committing a similar crime at the Burger King on Oak and California Street.

Despite the cost and the mess, employees and local contractors acted swiftly and had the showroom repaired and cleaned within 48 hours!