• Feb 18, 2011
Three men have been arrested in connection with $30,000 worth of vandalism to Toyota vehicles at this year's Chicago Auto Show. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Bryan Kjellman (bottom right), Richard Data (top right) and Edmund Grzeszkiewicz (left), aged 22, 20 and 27 respectively, were taken into custody by show security for using razor blades and screwdrivers to damage the interiors of seven of vehicles. When questioned by authorities, the trio said that they were angry at Toyota the company's role in taking U.S. jobs overseas.
They must have missed the memo about Toyota operating nine manufacturing facilities in the States with over 28,000 employees. All told, of the seven vehicles that Kjellman, Data and Grzeszkiewicz damaged, three were built right here in the Land of the Free. The casualties included a Camry, a Rav4, a Land Cruiser, a Prius and two Tundra models in addition to a Lexus ES350.

The damage ranged from slashed seat cushions and dashboards to broken doorhandles and turning indicator stalks. The trio even set about scratching the windshields of certain vehicles. At the last report, the vandals were set to appear in bond court on February 18, and each have been charged with one felony count each of criminal damage to property. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

[Sources: Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Jalopnik]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      These idiots wanted to blow up the cars but they kept burning their lips on the tail pipe.
      TheCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Devousy, please read what you posted out loud - or better yet have someone read it for you. For someone trash talking the inteligence of others your posting is incredibly poorly written. As for you the rest of you... Take a look at sales data for the Japanese market - not just cars, any industry. Japan has a closed market. The barriers are so high, so difficult to surmount, that virtually every industry is protected. Forget domestic automobiles... how many BMW's were sold in Japan in 2011? In the meantime Japanese industry works with government to target strategic industries and then dumps competitive product in North America at artificialy low prices. Because the US believes in due process the small guy (look up flat screen technology from 15-20 years ago) has to take Japan Inc. to court, prove that dumping occured (try compelling an off-shore manufacturer like Sony to provide manufacturing costs for any product) and finally get them to adjust their pricing. In the 10 years in which it takes for this to be handled your business goes bankrupt. One piece at a time the American manufacturing infrastruture has been systematically taken apart by foreign concerns who want open access to the US market but aren't willing to opne their market to the US. No one has the balls to take on China Inc. but by the time they are done we'll be making t-shirts in sweat shops for them. I don't condone what these three vandals did but they aren't necessarily wrong in their thinking. Maybe it's time that the US demanded reciprocal free market access. "If we don't get in neither do you"...
        Jared
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TheCarGuy
        Japan's side is that American companies fail to understand their market and do not provide the quality products and services demanded by the Japanese consumers. Probably the same reason why the Camry is the bestselling car in the U.S. and not the Fusion. Also Toyota exports 100,000 vehicles built in the U.S. annually, shipping them to 19 countries.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't see how a foreign company based in a foreign country can steal jobs from the US, especially if they build factories here. I hate toyota, but these guys are something else.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Crazy guys.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The problems of the world and their solutions are just that simple. These guys are probably mad about their station in life, but of course, it's somebody else's fault. They sure have a right to be mad about that imported digital mug shot camera - one does look like a serial killer, the second like a child molester, and the third a mall shooter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I graduated carl sandburg high school in orland park, il in 2008 with those two idiots kjellman and data. we all though rick data was inbred, and kjellman was a fugly creep. they were racist, stupid sons of bitches.
      not sure who the gryzyzyzyyzhhshdgdkfgkfghdfgdlyski guy is.

      anyhow, real impressive what my graduating class turned out to be. at least i'm being productive haha.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am terribly sorry that I offended you with my poor English sir. No, I did not graduate college to become an English professor. I'm a helicopter pilot and working on my degree in aeronautical science.

        The blackberry is a bitch, it can make you look dumber than you really are.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Did you graduate college and become an English teacher?
      thehayabusarider
      • 2 Years Ago
      TheCarGuy, you have no clue what the auto industry is all about, you should keep your day job if you have one; as an English teacher would be my suggestion, but first do take some college courses, fragment sentences are not appreciated in English e.g. "Japan has a closed market." I can write pages on your ramblings, but I have a job therefore I will keep it short, Japan as a country does not want any foreign trash in their country the recycle laws are so stringent that the foreign makers of anything cant comply with them. Talking about televisions isn’t this forum about cars and associated topics, but because you brought it up wonder who makes TV in US??? Try to get a job dude instead on posting poorly written essays online. Call Apple an Apple, your post had nothing to do with these morons, just ramblings.
      DEVOUSY REMINGTON
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOOK AT THESE WHITE TRASH BREED PIECES OF ****. TAKE A GGOD LOOK AMERICA THIS IS OUR FUTURE PURE WHITE TRASH. IF IT WHERE UP TO ME WE WATER BOARD THESE LITTLE ***** THE DROP THEM OUT OF A PLANE OVER IRAQ OR PERU SOMEWHERE WHERE THEY CAN SEE HOW THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHERE THEY LIVE. DESTORYING CARS I'M GLAD WE HAVE PICS ALL LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE DOWN SYNDROME HOW FUNNY. THE EGG LOOKING KID WHAT A RETARDED FOOL, I BET THEY SMELL LIKE MUSTARD AND CHEESE. FUNNY HOW PERVIOUS CLASSMATES KNOW OF YOU. HOPE YOU READ THESE, BUNCH OF DICKLESS PUNKS NOTHING BETTER TOO DO. THIS IS WHY YOU MAKE MIN WAGE AND ARE POOR.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm just waiting for one of them to say, without flinching or moving, "Daaaarrpp!"
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gotta love unions and their members, they are the thorn in the side of competitive American manufacturing!
      Terrance Parker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do these people not know that almost all of the major foreign (mainstream i.e. not luxury) manufacturers have at least 5 (or so) big plants in the US, while most of the major domestic manufacturers do so outside the US?
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