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Springfield Auto Shop reports ‘creeping’ increase in theft and vandalism

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – A Springfield auto shop has been hit by a series of thefts and vandalism over the past few months. The owner thinks that a repeat offender is the source of all the problems.

Lee Grant, the owner of Christian Brothers Automotive, asks the others to help him identify this person.

“He’s someone who kind of has a routine,” Grant said. “I think they’re probably desperate for the cash for some reason and they see auto shops as an easy target.”

Grant said the experience can be exhausting.

“We all work hard,” Grant said. “We try not to take risks. We want to go home to our families. We don’t want to be involved with an individual who is desperate.

Grant filed a dozen police reports of crimes involving his business. Based on surveillance video, Grant said the thief frequently drove a late model red Toyota Sienna. However, some of the crimes involved other vehicles, such as a white Ford F-150 extended cab.

Grant said the crimes have become more frequent. The damage was also significant.

“The last two months in particular, and the last two years, it’s been pretty frantic,” Grant said. “$5,000 to $6,000 in theft, vandalism and damage.”

Grant said his company is installing a new security system and upgrading its lights in an effort to stop the criminal. He hopes these efforts will catch the thief before other stores are hit.

“It’s exhausting to think of someone taking you when the rest of us are here just trying to work to support our families,” Grant said.

If you know anything about these crimes, report them to the Springfield Police Department or the nearest law enforcement agency.

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