Thieves break into North Side car lot office, break out with stolen truck

Owner Robert Barrow says business has been hit by crooks repeatedly

SAN ANTONIO – Robert Barrow has had a lot of losses lately when it comes to his North Side used car lot.

He says thieves have been targeting his business, located on Broadway near Loop 410, repeatedly.

“We’ve had vehicles stolen. We’ve had the office burglarized before, lots of expensive tools stolen, catalytic converters cut,” he said.

Still, what happened Thursday morning at Landmark Motors came as a surprise.

The criminals drove the stolen truck right through the metal gate. Police say the 2011 white Chevy has front end damage. (KSAT 12 News)

Barrow says he first noticed something was wrong when he arrived around 6 a.m. and saw that the metal gate to his shop was wide open.

“I immediately noticed one of the diesel trucks was gone,” he said. “And I thought it was simply a vehicle theft until I got into the office.”

According to San Antonio police, someone broke through a window into the building that houses Barrow’s office, cut the electricity, then ransacked the place.

The criminals broke out a window on the side of the business, then ransacked the office. (KSAT 12 News)

“They apparently got the keys to the truck and drove off with whatever else they stole. I haven’t done inventory yet,” Barrow said.

The thieves jumped into a 2011 white Chevrolet pickup with a Duramax engine that Barrow had on his lot and used it to smash right through his metal gate.

Police say it appears the criminals were professionals and may be headed to the southern border in the stolen truck.

Barrow, meanwhile, is frustrated. He says he has done almost everything he can think of to protect his business, including putting up fences, bright lights and surveillance cameras.

“They’re so determined, there’s really nothing you can do,” he said.

Hiring armed guards could be one other option but Barrow says it is out of his price range.

He said, for now, he will just get back to business and hope the thieves don’t come back.

About the Authors:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Santiago Esparza is a photojournalist at KSAT 12.