The truck is one of six vehicles stolen May 21 from Randall Cagle’s used car lot at 3428 Foster Mill Drive.
“They just did it for the pure meanness of destroying, I reckon,” Randall Cagle said. “They picked the six of my front-row cars, ones that were really nice looking.”
His daughter Angie parked the damaged truck at BeDazzled Hair Salon in LaFayette where she works.
Many customers at the salon have asked her about the truck and been sympathetic to the situation.
“We are looking for the community to step up and help us catch who did this,” Angie Cagle said. “People need to be aware of what has happened.”
There are a lot of people asking questions,” she said. “We’re just hoping the right ones will hear something and be compelled to come forward and help.”
A cardboard sign in the windshield reads “HELP” and “706-638-3683,” Cagle Used Car’s phone number. The Cagles are seeking any information that may help investigators.
Only one of the six vehicles, a 2003 GMC Envoy, was left undamaged in a field near the auto lot. A key was made for the Envoy and it is back on the lot for sale.
The multiple thefts removed 20 percent of the vehicles Cagle has to sell, as he usually has around 30 cars on his lot.
A 1997 Ford truck was found a few miles away with a seized engine that is currently being replaced by Cagle. That vehicle is being repaired and the engine will be replaced, according to the owner.
The Silverado was one of four vehicles found destroyed on Saturday, May 26, along with a 1993 Jeep Wrangler, a 2003 Saturn Vue and a 2007 Chevy Malibu.
The business did not have insurance for the thefts and lost $30,000 from the vandalism, according to Cagle. The Jeep belonged to Angie Cagle. She had been trying to sell it to pay off personal bills.
Her brother James helped recover the vehicles from the mountain.
“We are back to business as usual,” he said.
The family is doubtful they will be reimbursed for the loss, but wants justice and to prevent it from happening again.
“These (thieves) need to be taught that you can’t do this,” Angie Cagle said.
“(Walker County Sheriff’s Office) has been keeping in touch with us but there hasn’t been an arrest,” Randall Cagle said. During this interview, Randall’s wife was on the phone with a deputy being briefed.
“Anytime that we needed to call (the Sheriff’s Office) they have been just awesome and replied immediately,” Angie Cagle said. “They’re caught between a rock and a hard place. They are waiting on information.”
Cagle obviously wants the thieves brought to justice.
“They (thieves) have something wrong (with themselves). They are going to do something worse than this down the road,” Cagle said. “If you steal someone’s property and tear it all to pieces for no reason at all, then you have a problem, and there is no telling what they will do next time.”
The family business is appreciative of the many calls of support and concern from local residents.
Anyone with further information regarding the case is urged to call the Walker County Sheriff's Office at 706-638-1909, ext. 245 or ext. 269, or contact throught the Sheriff’s Office website, walkerso.com.
The department offers a $500 reward and the family is offering a “substantial reward” for the tip that results in an arrest.