Keys to the new and used cars were kept in a locked box on the second floor, Stead said. The box was taken on a forklift to the third floor, where a blowtorch was used to open it, he said. For cars without keys, the ignitions were jimmied, he said.
Two new Corvettes were left in the street outside the dealership, apparently stalled out by the floodwaters and abandoned.
The cars recovered so far have various amounts of damage, Stead said.
Because of the damaged garage doors at Stead's dealership, wind funneled into the building and a wall blew down, he said. "The sad thing is if the building hadn't been vandalized, there would have been no damage at all," the dealer said.
...The sad thing is if the building hadn't been vandalized, there would be no damage at all.
Everyone involved should serve major jail time. I had a discussion recently over the "looting" of places that were going to be destroyed. The guy I was debating thought it was no big deal that they were stealing from these places because the product was going to be ruined by the storm..... Besides that being a bullshit idea.... This dealership was going to ride out the storm fine, until the NOPD showed up.