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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The owner of Isaac’s Auto and Towing spent his labor day sweeping up glass, and picking through the charred remains of vandalized cars at his shop off Market Street.

Owner, Isaac Rodriguez says he just opened his shop a few months ago, but after several cars were vandalized over the weekend, he says he is struggling to pick up the pieces.

“I went through Hell to get the little bit of money to get my business going, and now I’m basically shut down,” Rodriguez said. “My life has come to a stop basically.”

Rodriguez says he hasn’t been able to sleep since he got the call around 9 P.M. on Sunday.

“The call stated that something had occurred here at the shop, that the cars were on fire, and I thought it was a joke,” he explained.

That is until he saw the damages. He says anywhere from 9 to 12 cars were damaged, and of those, four were lit on fire, including his company tow truck.

David Hines of the Wilmington fire department says there is about $40,000 worth of damage to the cars.

One customer says he brought his truck in on Saturday.

“I sent to here to the shop to fix a little problem in the transmission,” Jose Eguia said.

But when he arrived today, his truck was burnt to a crisp.

“I come in today, and look at it. So, it’s done,” Eguia said. “There’s no more truck.”

Rodriguez says he doesn’t know what to do because he does not have insurance to cover the damages.

“I lost everything that I got going for me in a matter of minutes, you know,” Rodriguez said. “I’m devastated.”

He asks those responsible to come forward, and do the right thing.

“Please turn yourself in,” he said. “Be a man about what you’ve done, and face your consequences.”

Rodriguez asks anyone who knows who may have done this to contact the Wilmington Police Department.

He says it will be a struggle to keep the shop open without the help of the community.

Rodriguez asks those willing to help to contact him at (910) 297-9012, or send donations to: P.O. Box 15577, Wilmington, NC 28408.

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20 Comments on "Several cars set on fire and vandalized at Isaac’s Auto and Towing"

2015 years 8 months ago

Bill DillardI find it interesting that your saying all this about A guy I my self have worked with at AUTO ZONE. Wait a tick aren’t you the guy that just got fired for stealing funds from the register and safe? How you gonna call this man it like that when you got fired for what you saying he did. Please comment and let the world know what you got to say our should I photo copy your release forms?

Billy Dillard
2015 years 8 months ago

I have known and worked with Issac Rodriquez. I do not think people should have taken the law in their own hands, but karma is a B^%$#h as we all know. Issac is a con artist, cheat, and very dishonest person. Seeing him kneel and say he does no one harm is one of his biggest cons I have witnessed, and believe me I have seen him at his worst. When we worked together at AutoZone, he would lie, cheat and steal from the company and customers. He left a trail of wreckage and upset customers after working on their cars.Anyone who would trust him with their cars or trucks will be in for a bad experience as we see here. I feel bad for his children and wife whom he has cheated on and I have seen him verbally abuse her. I can say one thing and that he appeared to be a good father to his children.

Issac's Loyal Costumer
2015 years 8 months ago

I know Issac Rodriguez for a long time he has also worked on many of my car and i can say he is an honest man. He did not deserve any of the thing that have happened to his business. Who ever did this to him is very inconsiderate knowing that he has three kids and a wife to maintain. Now he has to pay for all the damage done to his business and cars plus take care of a family. Karma will be returned to who ever did it like they say you get what you give hope everything goes well Issac.

2015 years 8 months ago

HOW can one own a business and have no insurance??? I have to have insurance by law on my cars and my mortgage company requires it on my home. Even if I wasn’t required to have it I would. This guy wants help now for being a fool.

2015 years 8 months ago

Anyone ever heard of comprehensive auto insurance? Covers vandalism and theft among other things.If those owners have that coverage great! If not, whose the fool?

2015 years 8 months ago

Just because there is a sign or a statement printed on a work order does not necessairily release a business owner from liability. He must take reasonable precaution to safeguard property that is entrusted to him. Leaving a vehicle outside, unlocked and no fence would be an example of negligence.

2015 years 8 months ago

Most shops won’t cover your vehicle while it is on their property. Usually either a sign or printed on the work order is a release stating they are not responsible for your vehicle or contents while they have it. Hopefully the criminals are caught but don’t expect them to have any assets to go after.

Isaac needs to go over his records and find any customers that are unhappy with his service or any competitors that didn’t want him to open shop.

Guest of the Week
2015 years 8 months ago

Having a sign up saying they aren’t responsible for your property doesn’t absolutely mean they aren’t responsible in the eyes of the law. It depends on the circumstances and if they were negligent in some manner. Here’s an article that explains it pretty good:

Joe the plumber
2015 years 8 months ago

Too bad So sad.
What would he have told me if my car was damaged, or he wrecked it “no insurance” “I can’t pay you”
Lawful businesses should have insurance.
Apparently he didn’t think that was part of being a responsible owner of a buisiness.
Awful people damaged his place.
Too many contractors and companies operating w/o liscences certificates and insurance, they figure something bad happens it’s someone else’s problem.
Before you hire someone check and see if there at least insured and have a license to do buisiness.
Blank Happens.

2015 years 8 months ago

Although it is beyond comprehension why someone would set fire to all of these cars (makes one wonder), it is also beyond comprehension that someone would be allowed to operate any business where they are basically in charge of someone else’s property WITHOUT INSURANCE!

2015 years 8 months ago

“Rodriguez says he doesn’t know what to do because he does not have insurance to cover the damages.” Isn’t insurance one of the first things you need to get to open a business???

Enos Barkholder
2015 years 8 months ago

Maybe Mexican authorities can assist him.

2015 years 8 months ago

Enos Barkholder, You represent the most degraded human being in the society, have no insurance it’s may be a bad judgement but the destruction of property by thugs is a disgrace. So you instead of have sympathy for the victim, choose to ignorantly call him Mexican go home. Well all Latinos are not from Mexico (Which it’s nothing wrong) but it look that this gentleman it’s a Puertorican descent what make him a US Citizen like you IGNORANT RACIST

2015 years 8 months ago

That kind of comment should make you a suspect in the investigation.

FYI – He’s not Mexican.

Even if he were, that doesn’t give someone the right to damage his or his customer’s property.

2015 years 8 months ago

The first thing you do is put insurance on your business and property.. People learn the hard way.. INSURANCE is a must !!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

And that text is exactly what you find at many shops.

Rules pertaining to hold harmless agreements can vary depending on the state law. In fact, some states only require that shops post a sign saying “we are not responsible for theft or loss of property for vehicles left at this location” in order to avoid liability. Other required you specifically sign an agreement.

I don’t know if that applies to NC, but I think it must since every repair shop I’ve ever gone to has that posted.

Mike Mikey
2015 years 8 months ago

He still is a cheat and a lie and con man still don’t trust him no matter What he say he doing there is something behind it he only worrie out what he getting out of it and don’t care that he hurts others in his way and far as cheating on his wife or his personal life well I don’t know what he does on his free time and I’m not here to Ad talk someone bout something I don’t know only what I do!!!!!!!!

shade tree tech
2015 years 8 months ago

Why is everyone attaching the owner like he did it? Why treat the victim like the suspect? He is just as hurt if not more then the customers. Besides how many of you own your own business much less has the money right of the bat to have get insurance for a new business? Instead of attaching the owner if the business how about looking at what happened instead. Maybe he didn’t know our no body informed him about it. So why treat him like the wrong doer?

2015 years 8 months ago

Why attack the owner of the business as if he is the suspect but yet ignore the real issue. How many people really have the money from the start the afford insurance? how many people KNOW that they need insurance? Not to mention maybe apparently nobody told him he needed it. Besides the story isn’t about him not having insurance, it’s about the crime of all that property being damaged and people helping to do the right thing and make the one who did this pay for there crimes.

2015 years 8 months ago

Isaacs business did not deserve this at all insurance or not! He shouldn’t be put down! If you had seen the video he clearly states that his business is NEW. Sooo instead of putting him down because he didn’t have insurance how about help your fellow business and stop being so judgemental! If I could help I would help any way possible!


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