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November 2, 2005

Vandals Almost Destroy Car Wash Wall

Zachary Police need your help in finding some vandals, and these guys didn't simply break a window or spray paint some graffiti on a wall. They almost took down a wall.

Back on October 10th, some customers at the Hydro Wash on Highway 64 had more in mind than just washing their car. At about 1:45 that morning, Zachary Police responded to an alarm at the car wash.

According to Lt. David McDavid, "Upon arrival, the officers found a big hole in the back of the building right here. All the bricks had been knocked out."

They also ran through a fence at the back of the place. Right now police believe it may just be a couple of kids; school was out that particular Monday.

That's an awful lot of damage for one vehicle to have caused. Ripped out a back wall, did all the damage to that fence. What kind of vehicle did this? Believe it or not, it was a back-hoe. That's right, the vandals went joyriding in a back-hoe that was parked next door at a construction site. They took it and ran it through the car wash. They probably didn't stop to think about the cost of their little ride.

"It's going to be approximately $8,000 to $10,000, if I had to guess," says owner Kevin Vince. "Just from some of the bills I've seen come in on the repairs."

And that doesn't count the four to five days of lost income when that car wash couldn't be used. Kevin Vince got the repairs going quickly, you can see the patch job on the wall, and the bricks and sand are still on the property. Something else on the property... video surveillance cameras. But Kevin says, "The one time you need it to work, it doesn't work. It's working now."

All eight of the cameras are working now. The place is covered from every angle. So don't even think about a repeat performance.

If you think you can help, call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP. You can remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Reporter: Matt Williams

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