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Vandalism a blow to caryard owner

VANDALS smashed six car windscreens at Rickard Motors at the weekend.

Between 5.15pm Friday and 7.45am Saturday, offenders allegedly used a rock to pummel the cars.

Owner Jim Rickard returned to his caryard Saturday morning to find his property damaged.

"I was driving in and saw one broken windscreen, then saw another, then another," Mr Rickard said.

"If somebody got drunk and accidentally broke one I could understand, accidents happen, but to have six vehicles vandalised it's a deliberate attempt," he said.

Mr Rickard did not understand why he would be targeted and said it was more of an inconvenience than anything.

"It's just a little caryard; a one man band," he said.

"They're probably thinking it's funny but all you can do is pity them because they don't know how to occupy their time constructively.

"The problem is time and inconvenience and once people see a car damaged if they were once interested they won't be now and it cuts down on display stock making the yard look empty."

The offenders caused about $1500 worth of damages and have forced Mr Rickard to install security cameras at an extra cost.

Mr Rickard said police acted efficiently and he would like to thank the community for their support.

"I had some phone calls over the weekend from people who saw the damage and they've given me moral support and I'd like to thank them."

Warwick Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said the offender or offenders' motives remain unknown.

"There doesn't appear to be a vendetta," Senior Sergeant Day said.

"Police will continue to patrol, particularly through the weekends, and the investigation will continue into security footage in the area."

If you have information on the vandalism, phone Warwick Police on 4660 4444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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