Vandals damage 23 vehicles at Olympia Nissan dealership

Vandals damage 23 vehicles at Olympia Nissan dealership »Play Video
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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Vandals targeted an Olympia Nissan dealership Wednesday night, causing nearly $100,000 in damage.

Nearly two-dozen brand new Nissans spent Friday being repaired for smashed windows and significant body damage. Seven had slashed tires and at least 14 will have to be repainted.

"This level of destruction is unusual," said Olympia Police spokesperson Laura Wohl. "Usually if we have some kind of vandalism, it's only one or two vehicles perhaps but there were 23 different vehicles involved in this situation."

What's also unusual is it didn't happen at the spur of the moment.

Sources confirm that vandals stole two cans of brake fluid two weeks ago in preparation for the attack. This isn't something you typically see vandals using, but brake fluid is very damaging and destroys a paint job in 10 minutes.

The dealership declined to talk on camera but, along with police, say they've ruled out any potentially disgruntled former workers. And with no surveillance video, there are few leads as to who might be behind this. But with the level of destruction both the dealership and police are concerned.

"Someone who is obviously it appears, is upset with the dealership," Wohl said. "We do worry that they would come back and attack other parts of the dealership."

The vandal left behind a knife used to slash tires and police hope if they can find a suspect, they can match DNA from the knife. But they need help finding a suspect.

"We have very little evidence in this case in terms of anyone who may have seen what happened," Wohl said.

So police want anyone who might have seen something between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday to give them a call.

Police, as well as private security for the auto mall, also plan to step up patrols in the area.