By on January 9, 2019

On January 6th, local law enforcement reported that four kids enjoyed a night of destructive mayhem at a Houston-area CarMax dealership located in the 16100 block of the North Freeway. According to local reports, police were responding to a call where four young males were caught on video surveillance breaking into multiple vehicles. However, things got really interesting after officials learned the cars weren’t being stolen, but rather used to intentionally mangle other vehicles on the lot just for the thrill.

Police claim approximately $800,000 in damages after the group managed to intentionally wreck nearly two dozen automobiles. While none of the suspects’ names have been released, it’s probably safe to assume rowdy teens — mankind’s greatest foe — are to blame. 

The story is oddly familiar to an event we covered in 2016, where a trio of teens stole and immediately wrecked three Dodge Hellcats less than a mile into their getaway. Only the Houston juveniles don’t appear to have had any interest in actually stealing the cars. Instead, it seems they broke into the Texas dealership specifically to play bumper cars with its inventory.

According to Harris County Constable Mark Herman (whose Facebook post we found via Jalopnik during our lunch break), the four suspects mashed up 20 vehicles before police arrived. In his post are several photos illustrating the damage, which included a bruised and battered Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, Corvette Z06, Jaguar XE, and a Porsche Boxster.

Herman said further investigation at the scene revealed the group gained access to the dealership keys and used them to open several vehicles used in the destruction before attempting to flee when police reached the scene. “All four juveniles were arrested and booked into the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, charged with 1st Degree Felony Criminal Mischief,” the Constable said.

[Images: Harris County Constable Mark Herman/Facebook]

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52 Comments on “Juveniles Cause $800,000 in Damage With Dealership Demo Derby...”


  • avatar
    crtfour

    Houston (and Florida)…the craziness continues.

  • avatar
    FWD Donuts

    Punishment should include paying all damage and repairs out of their own pockets with interest via garnished wages for as long as it takes — even it’s the rest of their sorry lives.

    I did stupid stuff like bashing up Hot Wheels with a hammer or building a model car then stuffing a lit M80 through the window — but that kind of behavior is nuts.

    • 0 avatar
      jalop1991

      How dare you hold Precious and his friends responsible! Don’t you know this is clearly CarMax’s fault?!? You mustn’t make Precious and his friends FEEL BAD!

    • 0 avatar
      riggodeezil

      C’mon…be flexible. Give their Mommies & Daddies a choice in order to make things right— either make full restitution in 2 weeks or a public hanging of their scions in the town square.

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    Wow, those actions are going to have some pretty severe consequences. 20 minutes of ‘fun’ will for sure result in a life time of payment in one form or another.

  • avatar
    Felix Hoenikker

    Houston. We have a problem.
    OK somebody had to say it.

  • avatar
    ToddAtlasF1

    In high school I knew a guy who fell asleep behind the wheel of his RX7 and cruised into a car lot where he damaged something like thirteen vehicles. Total damages were less than those achieved by a friend of a friend who accidentally knocked down a utility pole with a power transformer on it, resulting in a bank burning to the ground. I don’t recall knowing anyone who intentionally caused damage comparable to this story.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Well you can say at least they didn’t hit the streets and kill/maim any innocents in the process.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Bad security and bad parenting. These bumpkins have a dim future.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    Peugeot used to have their Head Office for Canada and a ‘small’ compound on the north side of Progress Avenue, just east of Kennedy Road, in Scarborough (a suburb of Toronto).

    In or around 1976, a group of ‘juveniles’ climbed into the Peugeot compound and performed the same type of stunt, wrecking most of the cars in the compound.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Maybe they saw the awful decal on the side of that lime green Challenger and decided it had to be rammed to death?

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Wow. A slap on the wrist, unless they’re 17, and can be tried as adults. Just next door is McLaren Houston – it’s a good thing they couldn’t get in there.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    The teens are like incels. They know they’ll never experience driving a Mustang or a Corvette, so they express their hatred and bitterness by destroying them.

    • 0 avatar
      teddyc73

      “incels”? How stupid. Here we go with yet another made up term.

      • 0 avatar
        zamoti

        Jeez grampa read the news much?

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incel

        Ahem: “Incels (a portmanteau of involuntary celibates) are members of an online subculture who define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one, a state they describe as inceldom. Self-identified incels are largely white and are almost exclusively male heterosexuals.”

    • 0 avatar
      Unkel Ruckus

      The most ridiculous statement I’ve heard. Trying to equate a 1990 term used to describe political opponents to a small group of teens who are destructive. Get a life.

  • avatar
    tylanner

    I can only imagine their uproarious laughter as they threw thier lives away…..

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Not to justify their actions in any way, but something isn’t quite clear here… The article claims they “broke into the cars” and then drove them. I somehow suspect these goons couldn’t hot wire a car on a bet, so the implication I’m seeing is that the cars were locked with the keys inside??

    • 0 avatar
      brandloyalty

      The article says they obtained the keys.

    • 0 avatar
      Lee Wilcox

      Iirc that lot has keys in a lock box on the passenger window. Salesmen carries the master keys. Don’t know where the keys spend the night. Salesmen, golf cart and passengers peruse the lot but the golf cart may have been because we are old. Anyway the kids just had to know where the master keys were kept.

    • 0 avatar
      Lee Wilcox

      Iirc that lot has keys in a lock box on the passenger window. Salesmen carries the master keys. Don’t know where the keys spend the night. Salesmen, golf cart and passengers peruse the lot but the golf cart may have been because we are old. Anyway the kids just had to know where the master keys were kept.

    • 0 avatar
      rudiger

      In another part of the article, it states that they gained access to the dealership car keys. So, they didn’t really break into the cars; they, somehow, got hold of the cars’ keys first, and that’s how they did their parking lot joy-riding.

      I can’t imagine these punks having the wherewithal to be breaking-and-entering the facility, so there was likely an external lock-box that held the vehicle keys, maybe secured with a flimsy padlock, and that’s what these geniuses managed to get into.

    • 0 avatar
      DedBull

      It looks like they actually broke into the dealership building and took the keys off the rack.

      “Herman said further investigation at the scene revealed the group gained access to the dealership keys and used them to open several vehicles used in the destruction”

    • 0 avatar

      The article says they “gained access to the dealership keys”. To your point, how secure were said keys? Apparently not secure enough.

    • 0 avatar
      teddyc73

      “Herman said further investigation at the scene revealed the group gained access to the dealership keys and used them to open several vehicles used in the destruction before attempting to flee when police reached the scene.” Read all the way to the end and the answer will be revealed my friend. ;)

    • 0 avatar
      Roberto Esponja

      You make a valid point, as the Mustang has a lockbox on the window, where the keys are usually kept, and those things are damn near impossible to open. I am guessing someone stole a lockbox key from the dealership.

  • avatar
    AJ

    That’s just depressing.

  • avatar
    Unkel Ruckus

    These kids were black and Hispanic. They will never serve any time for the crimes they commit until they are adults. The comments here about making them pay for the damage are laughable. They will never have real jobs and never pay taxes. These are the flotsam and trash that live in the big cities and survive on entitlements and drug dealing. I’ve seen this often in my capacity as a law enforcement officer. Just chalk it up as a loss and let the insurance companies deal with this. Eventually, we will all pay for this damage through higher premiums.

  • avatar
    Duaney

    One reason this occurs is that no one is ever held responsible. If I were the Judge, I would confiscate the parents homes and sell them to pay for the damages. Make sure it makes all the newspapers too. Signed, a victim of vandalism.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Glad this wasn’t on _MY_ lawn =8-^ .

    Dang kids, grumble, mutter, b*tch moan complain……..

    -Nate

  • avatar
    teddyc73

    Throw the book at them.

  • avatar
    Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

    Surely the cumulative value of the wrecked vehicles greatly exceeds the cumulative value these feral vermin will ever bring to civilized society.

    Civilized society should deal with them with accordingly.

    • 0 avatar
      SPPPP

      Hmm, I dunno. Combine all the page views from this site, Jalopnik, the police Facebook page, and all the news sites that carried it, and it may be that a lot of people got entertainment out of it. If 5 million people read the story, did they each get 16 cents worth of satisfaction out of it? Maybe, maybe not.

      Interestingly, that raises the question, should ad revenues obtained from “sensationalistic” journalism be taxed at a higher rate? That would be an odd debate to listen in on.

      • 0 avatar
        Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

        I take a far longer-term view, taking into account their probable future crimes and incarceration expenses. Better to get rid of them sooner rather than later.

    • 0 avatar
      JD-Shifty

      so they should be executed, Miata Gramps?

  • avatar
    thelaine

    They will get “home on probation” and will pay nothing or nearly nothing. Those who think differently don’t know how things work. If they were adults, they would do a few days in jail, be ordered to pay restitution and would also pay nothing. Get real, people. This is a property crime. Drug abuse and property crime, including theft, are not taken seriously any more in MANY jurisdictions. If you are a merchant, good luck.

    The fashion today is to end “over-incarceration” and substitute “rehabilitation.” If you did not mutilate, rape or murder another human being, you have a great chance to avoid jail. And it is rare indeed for a judge to put someone in custody for failure to pay restitution. The order is made, and promptly ignored.

    • 0 avatar
      Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

      You aren’t wrong, which basically leaves vigilantism as the sole option by which the civilized are left to “deal with” societal vermin.

      • 0 avatar
        -Nate

        ? Including the white inbred, methheads ? .

        I didn’t think so, nice try .

        -Nate

        • 0 avatar
          Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

          Why wouldn’t they be included? Vermin is vermin. You’re the one suggesting it’s a racial issue.

        • 0 avatar
          thelaine

          Money matters, prior record matters, but race alone? BS, unless you are talking about offense rates….

        • 0 avatar
          thelaine

          I’m glad you are given a forum to air your views, -Nate, even though they are racist. I do not believe in censorship. Give people the space to expose who they are and what they believe. I disagree with your racism, but, unlike the left, I defend your right to express it.

          -NotNate

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            That’s cute ~ I politely address the endless racism here and you call _me_ the racist ? .

            Right out of Josef Gobbles play book, no one who’s honest will fall for it .

            -Nate

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            If anyone’s got the playbook on eliminating honest discourse, it is certainly you. Do you care about what any of the words you use mean? Politely? Endless? Racism? Maybe your book was actually written by Trotsky. He’s being credited with creating cultural Marxism these days.

        • 0 avatar
          pdog_phatpat

          LOL. Someone needs a safe space. Quickly! Bring this child a safe space, STAT!

  • avatar
    JD-Shifty

    what If I think Miata grandpa is vermin?

    • 0 avatar
      Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

      I’d be curious about your reasoning, and especially how you’d compare me – a law-abiding and productive member of civilized society – to the obvious criminal filth that are the subject of this article.

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