Vandalism causes £70k of damage at garage
MINDLESS yobs have caused a whopping £70,000 worth of damage after stealing a truck and then using it as a battering ram to smash up 20 other vehicles.
The vandals – who are thought to be as young as 13 – went on the rampage for almost five hours as they staged their very own demolition derby.
The destruction began soon after the young thugs had broken into a yard which is home to a sandblasting firm, where they stole a large pick-up truck.
They then sped around the yard, bashing cars which were parked outside a neighbouring repairs business.
One source told the Paisley Daily Express: “In one night, these vandals managed to cause about £70,000 worth of damage at two businesses.
“They smashed their way into a locked garage and stole the keys for a pick-up truck. Then they took the truck and went on the rampage, driving it around the yard.
“Every single bit of glass in 20 cars was smashed, with three vehicles being written off. It will be four when you count the stolen pick-up truck as well.
“There was also damage to some of the brickwork and the garage doors. You can see cracks right up the building.
“The idiots who did this should be ashamed of themselves.”
The drama began when the break-in took place at the Blast Off sandblasting firm, in Blackbyres Road, Barrhead, at around 7pm on Saturday.
Within a short time, the joyriders were on a wrecking spree as they bashed into cars outside the Select Services repairs business.
The wreckage wasn’t discovered until Sunday morning.
Now bosses at the two businesses which were targeted have been left counting the cost.
Our source added: “There have been problems with vandalism in Blackbyres Road before but nothing on this kind of scale.
“You can tell from the times on the CCTV footage that the whole episode lasted for nearly five hours.
“It would be understandable if the owners of the businesses involved are furious about what has happened because their insurance premiums could be sky-high next year due to the actions of some idiots.”
Yesterday, police confirmed that three teenagers – two aged 13 and one aged 14 – had been charged in connection with the incident.
A spokesman added: “A report will be sent to the Children’s Reporter.”
No-one at either Blast Off or Select Services wanted to comment when contacted by the Express.