Business Owner Receives Help Following String Of Vandalisms
'Money has been coming in and I'm so humbled and appreciative.'
After a string of vandalisms in his parking lot, the owner of a used car dealership in Sioux Falls says he is struggling to keep his business afloat. But he is getting some help, thanks to the community.
“My family has been in the car business ever since I was a little boy. I still have the first car I ever bought,” said Dan Iseminger, owner of Honest Dan’s Good Used Cars on West 12th Street.
Iseminger loves everything about cars, especially selling them. But lately that’s been hard to do given what has taken place at his business.
Iseminger said, “I just don’t know what to do anymore.”
On the evening of April 21, Iseminger says Sioux Merchant Patrol discovered that 19 windshields in his car lot had been shot.
“It was close up, point blank range with either a pellet gun or BB gun,” said Iseminger.
Several of the cars had also been kicked or hit with a bat.
“Almost totaled,” Iseminger said.
The worst part: he was getting a surveillance system the next day. Iseminger says his business had been vandalized seven months earlier. The windshield wipers to every vehicle had been ripped off and a nail was in every tire. Dozens of beer bottles were smashed and profanities, referring to the previous owner, had been written on his sign.
“Every black car, they took a nail and scratched right down to the metal,” Iseminger said.
Iseminger says he doesn’t know if the incidents are related, but says he’s about ready to give up. If it weren’t for his friend who set up a PayPal account to help him, he may have folded already.
Iseminger said, “Money has been coming in and I’m so humbled and appreciative. I really thank everyone that’s done that.”
The previous owner of Moto Joe’s, Joseph Stanford, was indicted and sentenced on charges of grand theft by deception and selling a motor vehicle without the consent of a lienholder.
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