22 cars keyed at Honda dealership

December 31, 2008 7:24:40 PM PST
Twenty-two new cars parked at a Honda dealership in Redwood City were keyed over the Christmas holiday, Redwood City police said.

An employee of Honda Redwood City at 601 El Camino Real reported the vandalism around 9:45 a.m. Friday after arriving at work to discover extensive scratch marks in the cars' paint jobs, police Detective Ken Cochran said.

"Some vehicles (were keyed) only on the driver's side, some vehicles on the rear and some vehicles all over," Cochran said.

Cochran said the lot is not fenced. "Anyone can walk onto it," he said.

Sammy Hermez, general sales manager at the dealership, said the damage is estimated at between $20,000 and $40,000.

The motive remains a mystery, he said.

"We have nobody that we could suspect at this point," Hermez said.

A similar case occurred earlier this month at an Audi dealership in Concord, where employees discovered Dec. 13 that nearly 100 cars had been keyed overnight, police said.

That vandalism happened at Diablo Audi at 2001 Market St. The damaged vehicles included new and used cars as well as cars that had been dropped off by their owners for service, police said.

Concord police were not available this morning to give an update on that case but Diablo Audi sales manager Chris Schniegenberg said he is optimistic there will be an arrest.

"They've got a couple of good leads in the case," he said today.

He said the vandalism caused $600,000 in damage.

Redwood City police Sgt. Cochran said he is not aware of any connection between the two cases.