NEAR HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. — An acid attack at a local car lot left more than 60 vehicles seriously damaged.
A manager of the business said vandals even targeted the used car lot’s big, inflatable gorilla.
He said the damage will set the business back and make it very hard on his employees.
Travis Stanfill, the floor manager of Oregon Auto Center on Southeast 82nd Avenue, said he has his theories about who committed the crime, but he didn’t want to make them public.
Paint on dozens of the vehicles has been eaten away by an acid-like substance that in some cases appeared to have damaged the bodies of the vehicles as well.
Stanfill said he opened up at about 8:30 a.m. Friday morning and saw the lot’s inflatable gorilla slumped over a car. He said it was slashed all the way around.
That and the damage to the vehicles will cost thousands of dollars, Stanfill said, and it will also harm the livelihood of his employees.
“It makes it a little bit harder for them to sell, a little bit more objections that they have to go around,” Stanfill admitted. “It’s hard enough for a sales guy to sell a vehicle.”
Stanfill said they closed around 9 p.m. Thursday and when they locked the place up everything was fine.
The business doesn’t have surveillance footage of the incident but he’s hoping some of the businesses nearby do.
Stanfill said they called 911 Friday morning after making the discovery.