Kevin’s Auto Repair in Huntsville is taking action in hand, trying to stop anyone from potentially stealing vehicles on his property.
A week ago, a man slipped under a gate and onto their property, but what he may not have known was that he had been caught on camera.
“He just walked onto the property like he owned it,” said store owner and owner Kevin Call. “Nonchalant, walked quietly, slowly towards vehicles, not in a hurry, not trying to get out of the way.”
Call said the man was spotted at the store after hours of searching through all the vehicles on the lot.
“We have a rolling door at the front of our property, and apparently there was a gap of about 8-10 inches between that and the floor, and it just slid under like it wasn’t. nothing,” Call said. .
But it wasn’t until they checked the surveillance cameras that they saw him on the property around 9:30 p.m.
“We didn’t even realize it initially, until a customer came to pick up their phone,” Call said. “They couldn’t get their vehicle back. They had to leave it again overnight, left the phone there. They were like, ‘Yeah, it’s in the car. Well, now he’s missing.”
Other than the phone, it is unknown if anything else was stolen at this time.
Call said he thought his spell had already been targeted.
“Probably about a month ago I was missing change from my truck,” Call said. “I had to leave it overnight, and our receptionist here a while ago – same thing with her. She said her change was missing. Looks like it’s happened a few times. That’s the only time we really caught it, because something expensive was stolen.”
Now the gap in the gate is closed, and Call said new cameras with even better night vision are on the way.
He has a message for the manager.
“Shame on you,” Call said. “Stop taking things people work hard for. Everybody’s struggling right now, so stop taking them. Get out. Get a job. Everybody’s hiring. Do it the right way. If you need help, come. We’ll help you if we can. Don’t steal.
A report has been filed with the Huntsville Police Department, which confirmed to WAAY 31 that it is investigating. They say they have no additional information to release at this time.
If you have information that could help the HPD in its investigation, call its non-emergency line at 256-722-7100 or Crime Stoppers at 256-53-CRIME (27463).