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.