Auto dealer angry after weekend thefts, vandalism on car lot

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A west side used car dealer is fired up about weekend thefts and vandalism on his property. He said he wants to catch the crooks!

Glen Pedigo provided surveillance video from his dealership, Pedigo's Auto Sales, at 9150 West Washington Street. Pedigo said the men seen on the lot spent hours there, stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment and cutting batteries out of eight vehicles on the lot.

"A working man gets out and works and wants to make an honest living, and then a thief comes by and wants to steal your stuff," Pedigo said.

Pedigo believes the thieves hit early Sunday morning, in the middle of a thunderstorm. But he may have the upper hand, with surveillance video capturing men roaming the property. The sneaky pair crawled through the back window of the trucks and unlocked doors, popping hoods to pop out batteries.

In one truck, the thieves took a stereo system, Pedigo said.

The theft wasn't limited to trucks on the lot. Locks got knocked off four sheds, where Pedigo said the thieves took more batteries, tires, and rims. He estimates the loss at roughly $10,000.

"They were looking for batteries. They were looking for tires. Anything they could sell as salvage it looks to me like," he said, "You're losing your stuff, and you're having to take the money out of your pocket to replace it. If something belongs to you, they should leave your stuff alone."

This is Pedigo's third theft in 17 years. He said he'll change his security as a result and hopes he'll never see the men on his property again, ones who tried to hit a security camera with a rake so they wouldn't get caught.

"A thief is a thief. And they'll take whatever they can get," he said.

Pedigo filed a report with IMPD and said he'll offer a $500 reward out of his pocket for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

An auto repair shop on West Washington found doors on its vehicles open and glove boxes gone through, even two catalytic converters stolen. The owner said he's not sure when it happened and hasn't filed a report with police.

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