Juveniles Cause $800,000 in Damage With Dealership Demo Derby
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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