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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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  • sst

    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?

  • Issac’s Loyal Costumer

    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.

  • Billy Dillard

    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.

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