Men Charged With Vandalizing Cars At Auto Show
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UPDATED 02/17/11 1:58 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) – Three Orland Park men have been charged with vandalizing seven cars at the Chicago Auto Show.
Bryan Kjellman, 21, of the 10800 block of Dearpoint Drive in Orland Park; Richard Data, 20, of the 15500 block of Helen Lane in Orland Park; and Edmund Grzeszkiewicz, 28, of the 15400 block of Cherrywood in Orland Park, were all charged with felony criminal damage to property, with damage between $10,000 and $100,000.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, it was just about closing time at the Auto Show at McCormick Place around 10 p.m. Wednesday, when police say someone saw three men vandalizing a Toyota Camry.
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They had razors and flathead screwdrivers, police say, and when McCormick Place security checked other cars they found that seven at the Toyota exhibit had been damaged. They allegedly told police they were angry about American jobs going overseas.
The Camry sustained damage to its dash and the passenger-side speaker guard, which was were pried apart. Its front seats were also sliced, according to the report.
Other Toyotas were found in the immediate area with similar damage and Kjellman, Data and Grzeszkiewicz were taken into custody by McCormick Place security personnel, who contacted Chicago police.
Police said they racked up about $30,000 worth of damage to the Toyotas, which had speakers cut open, dash boards ripped apart, their seats sliced and windshields scratched.
Besides the Camry, a black RAV4, a blue Prius, a black Land Cruiser, a black Tundra, a red Tundra and black Lexus ES350 that had its back seat punctured and a broken turn indicator were also damaged, according to the report.
In a statement, Toyota expressed disgust with the vandalism, especially given the efforts the automaker made for its presentation at the Auto Show.
“Toyota has gone to great lengths this year to bring its biggest and best exhibit ever to the Chicago Auto Show, and these irresponsible actions do nothing but deny show visitors the opportunity to see our full complement of cars and trucks,” the statement from Toyota Motor Sales spokesman Curt McAllister said in part.
They suspects are scheduled for a bond hearing Friday in Central Bond Court at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse, 2600 S. California Ave.