Bundy vandalism smashes car dealer

A BUNDABERG car dealer is fed up after constant vandalism attacks have cost him thousands of dollars in repair bills.

John Smith spoke out after the latest incident, in which a Mitsubishi Lancer in his George Street car yard, Just Cruisin’, had its windscreen smashed by what he suspected was a rock and slingshot.

It was the second vandalism attack on his dealership in the past week.

“It will cost me $400 to replace that windscreen. That comes out of my pocket,” Mr Smith said.

“I had another broken window just a few days ago.”

Mr Smith said he had also had eggs thrown at vehicles.

“It doesn’t only happen to me; I’ve heard of it happening all around town,” Mr Smith said.

“I want to ask parents to keep an eye on what their kids are up to.”

Other car yards in Bundaberg confirmed to the NewsMail that they had been attacked recently.

However, they did not want to give their names in case the vandals retaliated.

Mr Smith said the 7cm piece of rock that shattered his windscreen was too small to have done much damage if it was thrown.

“They would have had to pelt it — or they have used a slingshot,” he said.

He said not a month went by when he did not have some kind of damage.

“There’s always something going on, and we’ve got school holidays coming up which seems to make it worse,” he said.

Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said police were investigating similar incidents.

“We are looking for any assistance from the public that may lead us to the offenders,” Det Snr Sgt Hildred said.

He said The Mexican Border restaurant in Elliott Heads Road was also attacked last week by vandals who pelted eggs at the building.

Other incidents are being investigated in Bundaberg south and Kepnock, including projectiles such as watermelons, eggs and rocks thrown at vehicles.

“We have had a couple of like-natured incidents and it is possibly the same person,” Det Snr Sgt Hildred said.

“We are investigating possible links.”

He said there was another spate of vandalism attacks involving objects being thrown at cars and buildings in September, during the school holidays.

The Mexican Border Restaurant could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Anyone with information can call Bundaberg Police on 4153 9111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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