Cars stoned, dealer posts $1,000 reward

The owner of an Oak Harbor car dealership said he will pay someone $1,000 to “rat on a rat.”

A person, or perhaps more than one person, caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to the Frontier Chevrolet dealership on Pioneer Way Sunday night or Monday morning. The vandal threw dozens of rocks, damaging windows in the storefront, 15 cars and even the sign.

“It’s the biggest sign in the city,” said owner Rick Rennebohm.

The damage to the store alone, he said, is at least $12,000. More than a dozen cars had damage ranging from holes in windshields to dents in doors. The rocks were scattered all over the car lot, street and even inside the building.

“They were here for awhile chucking rocks,” Rennebohm said.

Rennebohm was upset by the seemingly senseless act of vandalism. He said he wracked his brain to think of a someone who held a grudge against the dealership, but couldn’t think of anyone. He said it was the first time he could remember something like this happening to his business.

In response, he’s offering the reward.

“Rat on a rat,” he said. “If those responsible are arrested and convicted, I will pay $1,000 to the person who provided the information.”

Capt. Rick Wallace with the Oak Harbor Police said investigators have neither suspects nor forensic evidence in the crime. Campers at the RV park a few blocks away didn’t report hearing anything. While Pioneer Way is a main thoroughfare in the city, Wallace said things are pretty quiet at 4 in the morning.

“It wouldn’t take much to hide behind cars,” he said.

Yet Wallace said the reward is a good move for the car dealership and has been a useful means of solving crimes in the past.

“It could be very effective,” he said.

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