HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - A family owned Hampton auto repair shop is trying to recover after it was hit by burglars over the holiday weekend.
The thieves broke into Camidge German Imports on West Pembroke Avenue. They found several sets of keys to cars parked outside and drove them away.
"What I would like to see is people who just don't go around stealing everything," said owner Nelson Camidge.
Camidge has made Volkswagen his life's work.
"We went into business in 1978," Camidge said.
His shop with the family name focuses on restoring the Beetles and vans and fixing other Volkswagen vehicles. He even sells some of them, too.
"I went to factory school when I was in the Air Force in Germany," Camidge said. "That was in 1960, and I kind of got the bug."
Literally, he got the bug. But now two bugs and three other Volkswagen cars are missing from his lot.
Sometime during the night on Saturday, somebody broke into the auto shop. They carried out metal, and even worse, found five sets of keys and stole the cars right off the lot.
"If someone came and asked me, I would most likely give them anything they would need," Camidge said. "For someone to just come in and take things, that's where it gets bad."
The cars were valued at a few thousand dollars each. They were set to be resold, and they weren't covered by insurance.
"There's quite a loss there," Camidge said. "To most people it wouldn't mean much, but when you lose $25 to $30,000 overnight, it's a little taxing."
Police say the cars stolen are:
1. 1999 VW Passat, Dark Blue, 4 door
2. 1999 VW Beetle, Dark Blue with faded hood, 2 door
3. 1999 VW Corado, Yellow, 2 door
4. 2001 VW Jetta, Black, 4 door
5. 2002 VW Beetle, Black, 2 door
If you know anything about the stolen vehicles, please contact the Hampton Police through the crime line at 1-800-LOCK-U-UP.
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