Dozens of cars vandalized at dealership storage lot

Long Beach police are trying to figure out who vandalized more than 50 cars at a local Toyota dealership’s storage lot this week.

Someone got into the lot and used an unknown object to scratch the paint on dozens of cars between 4 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said.

The lot is fenced off and tucked into an industrial area on Wardlow Road near where it dead-ends at the western edge of the Long Beach Airport. It holds cars for nearby West Coast Toyota at Willow Street and Redondo Avenue.

Forensics technicians were examining the cars Tuesday afternoon. Police estimated about 53 had been damaged.

Police asked anyone with information to contact detectives at 562-570-7250. Anyone who wants to submit an anonymous tip can contact 1-800-222-TIPS or visit

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.