Three men arrested for damaging Toyota cars at 2011 Chicago Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 20, 2011

Three men were arrested for damaging seven Toyota vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times. The men, who told police they were angry about American jobs being sent overseas, caused $30,000 in damage to the cars. The men were charged with one felony count of criminal damage to property.

The men had cut up seats and tore up interiors of a RAV4, a Prius, a Land Cruiser, two Tundras and a Lexus ES 350.

Police said that the men were caught Wednesday night as they used razor knives and flathead screwdrivers to destroy the dash and side speaker panels of a Toyota Camry. Of the cars vandalized by the men, only some were built overseas.

These include the Prius, the Lexus and the Land Cruiser. But the other cars damaged were made in North America. Toyota Motor Co. produces the RAV4 in Woodstock, Ontario.

The Tundra is produced in San Antonio and the Camry is built in Georgetown, Ky. The American Index by Cars.com said that the 2010 Camry was listed as the most all-American car based on where it is built and the amount of American-made parts it has.

Toyota spokesman Curt McAllister said that these men failed to do their research before destroying the American-made vehicles. McAllister concluded, "Some stereotypes die hard." [via Jalopnik]

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