JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two juveniles were arrested after at least 20 customers had their cars broken into at an auto shop on Jacksonville's Westside, authorities said.
The suspects broke into cars in a storage yard, secured by a locked, wooden fence, at AAMCO Transmissions on 103rd Street on four different occasions in January and February, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reports show.
One man told News4Jax on Monday that he dropped off his work truck at the AAMCO in January and the thieves broke into the truck in February. But the man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was unaware that happened until he got a letter from the District Attorney's Office on Friday.
"I just received a letter in the mail saying that I had been a victim of the crime. I went up there and found out that my vehicle had been broken into," he said. "I went up to the shop and watched the video, which showed the kids breaking in there, opening car doors that were just left unsecured and unlocked. And that's the part I have a real big problem with."
The man said his work truck was broken into while getting repaired at AAMCO. He said the thieves didn't take anything of value, but they damaged his truck.
"They did hit the side of the door with a tire iron to break out the windows and scratch up some other things on it," the victim said. "It's about $3,000 worth of damage."
According to the police reports, the doors of the vehicles at the Westside shop's storage yard were left unlocked.