HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - A family owned business in Hampton could soon be closing up shop -- not because of the economy, but because thieves stole their merchandise during the night.
Hampton Police said thieves broke into the family owned VW Bug garage over Memorial Day weekend. They swiped several sets of keys and then drove five cars right off the lot.
"Business has been real bad," said owner Nelson Camidge. "We've had problems trying to locate the lost cars."
Because the suspects pried open the back door and stole the keys from inside the shop, Camidge gets no insurance coverage for the loss.
"If we would have left the keys in the cars, then we were liable, and they would have covered it," said Camidge. "I think that is absurd after 35 years paying insurance...we are not a quitter at all. We are going to do everything we can to stay in business."
The only faint faltering hope to keep Camidge German Import alive is a loan. Nelson will mortgage his home if he's to get the loan to save his family.
"They are just like family. In fact, my daughter does work for me. Then I have this one fella who has worked for me 29 years," Nelson said.
Nelson's daughter, Ashiya Lloyd works the parts book. A veteran named Howard Anthony has been a part of the family 29 years and Ryan Vecchio builds VW engines using parts from the thousands on site.
"It's kind of hard to get a job over 60, but I'll have to do it," said Anthony. "There's nothing else I can do."
"I don't want to lay back, and lay on a couch, and get fat and uglier than I am," said Camidge. "I just don't want to do that."
So, tomorrow morning, 80-year-old Nelson will return to work to the Bug yard that has over a hundred scrap VW Bugs.
Police still have not made any arrests. The status of Nelson Camidge's loan is still under consideration.
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