Minor vandalism is typical at auto shows, where stereo knobs and emblems might go missing, said Toyota Midwest Public Relations Manager Curt McAllister, but the trio of Orland Park men accused of wreaking havoc on several foreign cars at the Chicago Auto Show is unlike anything McAllister has ever seen.
“We’ve never seen a single act of vandalism like this before,” McAllister said. “Our dealerships are still looking at the damage and making estimates, but it appears to be close to $30,000.”
Richard Data, 20, of the 15500 block of Helen Lane, Bryan Kjellman, 21, of the 10800 block of Dearpoint Drive and Edmund Grzeszkiewicz, 28, of the 15400 block of Cherrywood Circle, all from Orland Park, were each charged with felony criminal damage to property, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said.
McAllister said he heard the men were possibly against Toyota for sending jobs overseas.
The men are being held on $30,000 bail each and are expected back in court on March 2, Cook County State’s Attorney Spokesman Andy Conklin said.
Police said the men were seen on surveillance cameras vandalizing six Toyota vehicles and a Lexus. The damage included cut speaker casings, ripped seat covers, scratched windshields, shattered turn signals and pried open dashboards, officials said.
“The irony of this is at least three of the makes they vandalized are among the most American made vehicles,” McAllister said. “The Camry is made in Georgetown, Ky., and the Tundra is made in San Antonio, Texas. Aside from operating eight manufacturing facilities across the U.S., we have 500 U.S. suppliers providing parts.”
The men were all found in a blue Camry sedan by security at the McCormick Center around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday night, and were detained until police arrived.