Ray Perry is fed up.
Sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, the dealership found itself the target of ne'er-do-wells, as some person or people smashed into a Jeep at the lot and stripped thousands of dollars worth of parts from the vehicle.
"Enough is enough!" the dealer wrote in a Facebook post Thursday morning. "Mike Perry Motor Company is offering a $1,000 cash reward for any information that leads to the arrest of those involved in these burglaries."
Ray Perry, the president at Mike Perry Chrysler at 3828 South St., said the most recent criminal act is the third to hit the dealership in recent month, and the third Jeep targeted by whoever is responsible.
About four months ago, someone sneaked onto the lot and burglarized two other Jeeps, stripping out a variety of parts on the vehicles, which were tucked into a remote corner of the lot just outside the range of the security cameras peering over the gleaming new and used vehicles.
Perry said he suspects whoever is responsible for pilfering the parts is either rebuilding a vehicle, and they are no amateur.
"They know what they're doing," he said, estimating that the amount of work it took to strip the dashboard, stereo, air vents, steering wheel, electronics and other parts in the most recent case took about three hours. "It's just costly. You've got to replace every part. They picked the dash clean."
The Jeep targeted most recently had already been sold to a person, and was set to be delivered in just a few days to a regular customer. Now, they'll have to search out a replacement model or work out how to make the customer whole again after the crime.
That's complicated by the fact that parts aren't readily available these days, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It'll take us three months just to get the parts," Perry said.
The COVID-19 pandemic's interruption of manufacturing has resulted in it being more difficult to get parts.
A June 2020 report by law firm Foley and Lardner LLP showed a widespread impact on the automotive industry around the world from the pandemic. Throughout the summer, a number of plants associated with various auto manufactures had to shut down, often as a result of the unavailability of parts.
Already, Perry estimated the cost of the theft at some $20,000, and that doesn't account for the security upgrades the dealership will have to make, or that $1,000 reward.
Earlier this month, the dealership and another in town were the victims of a Houston-area based group of car thieves, who were arrested in a sting operation. All three suspects were arrested.
Around midnight Thursday, two car burglaries were reported outside a local bar, which Perry said was brought to his attention.
Nacogdoches Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brett Ayres said Thursday morning was too early to speculate whether the theft at the dealership was related to the Houston men arrested earlier this month.
It did not appear that the theft was related to the break-ins at the bar, he said.