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Vehicles vandalized, burned at Murfreesboro towing lot


There are still many unanswered questions about why a Murfreesboro towing company was the target of vandalism and arson.

"I don't understand why someone would do this," said Jeremy Robinson of Robinson Towing. "I didn't know what to think. I was mad. I was angry."

Police say someone used bolt cutters to get into a back fence at Robinson Towing on West Main Street. They vandalized eight vehicles, spraypainting "KKK" and obscenities on them. Authorities also said a political symbol that stands for "don't tread on me" was also spraypainted on some vehicles.

Two vehicles were set on fire.

"Why? What have I done to anybody to deserve to be done this way?" Robinson asked.

Robinson has been in the towing business for several years, but opened this lot five months ago. He has no idea who would target his business.

"I don't have any idea who would have done it, who could have done it, who would have done it," he said.

Robinson doesn't believe this was a hate crime, and neither do authorities.

"I don't think it's a racist crime or anything like that," Robinson said. "I think it's stupidity."

Fire officials and police are investigating, trying to determine who is responsible and the reason they did it.

"We believe that Robinson Towing was definitely the target," said Asst. Chief Kim Lawson with Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue. "We don't think it was a random act, and we do believe it was arson."

Robinson said the person responsible also left a letter glued to a window shield, saying next time the building would be burned.

Robinson has insurance, but he will still be out of thousands of dollars for cleaning up and repairing the mess.

"I got a $1,000 deductible," he said. "And it will hurt me in the long run because my insurance is going up."

Robinson is planning to hire security and will leave his dog to watch the lot at night.

"It's very sad," Robinson said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Crimestoppers at 893-CASH. Callers may remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 for information that leads to a conviction.

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