Man spray-paints truck to send message to Townville thieves
The truck-turned-billboard in Dwayne Johnson's Townville yard. (Sept. 17, 2013/FOX Carolina)
TOWNVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A truck, flipped on its side and spraypainted "CRIME STOPPER," has drivers in Townville pulling over to read its message that's directed at thieves in the area.
On both sides, posters read, "Thief number one, stole parts and tires. Thief number two ran and left your ride - too bad you left your keys inside. I have them, and your tag - See ya soon!"
The property owner, Dwayne Johnson, said he's had enough of thieves in the area and wanted to make a statement.
Johnson said he was going for shock value after he was robbed at his Townville property last week. He explained that he isn't the only target in tow, and that it's time that everyone in the community worked together to stop the crime.
Five months ago, Johnson bought the property, known as Townville Station to locals, off Highways 24, and 243. He plans to turn it into an auction yard.
He's had attempted break-ins since he first put storage units on the land, but then between 9:45 p.m. last Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, Johnson said he had been robbed. He said $6,000 worth of tools, equipment, tires and rims were gone.
Now, he wants to get everyone's attention so that neighbors can share tips on crimes to solve them.
"I'm not going to back down. A long time ago I learned this, you can turn your shoulder and you can walk away and you can get run over, and everybody around you is going to say, ‘Hey, it happened to me too.' Somebody's got to stop, and it's stopping now," Johnson warned.
Johnson said aside from armed robberies at gas stations nearby, other individuals have had things stolen lately.
His frustration, though, is that no one talks if they've seen something suspicious.
"We've got to stop saying, 'Hey, as long as they're not messing with me, I'll turn the other cheek.' We've got to stand up and say, ‘You need to go on,'" Johnson explained.
The Anderson County Sheriffs office is on this case and others in the area, but Johnson said he hopes his signs will catch his neighbors' eyes and keep thieves away.
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