On Tuesday night (July 19), a Rapid City man went all Paul Bunyan on 18 different vehicles at the Graham Automotive dealership on 41st street, a few blocks west of Minnesota Avenue.

If it wasn't challenging enough to find cars to buy since the pandemic, especially new vehicles, the last thing a prospective car buyer needs is something like this to happen.

Dakota News Now is reporting that police started receiving calls from people Tuesday night about a man that was seen breaking out the windows of new cars in the parking lot of the 41st street car dealership.

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Sam Clemens, Public Information Officer for the Sioux Falls Police Department, told Dakota News Now, “We had a few people call that saw a guy that was breaking out windows on new cars. Turns out he was using an axe, was swinging it, and breaking windshields and windows and into the car itself."

The axe-swinging incident was actually captured on video.

Police ended up arresting Joseph Blackbonnet of Rapid City. At this time, Blackbonnet is facing Aggravated Intentional Damage to Property Charges that total nearly $100,000.

Acts of car vandalism are certainly not uncommon in a city like Sioux Falls, but I have to admit, seeing a man swinging an axe at a group of cars in a parking lot at a high-profile car dealer on 41st street is definitely not something you see every day!

It sounds like it should be a scene from a Walking Tall movie if you ask me.

Kyle Kneip, new cars sales manager for Audi and Volkswagen at Graham Automotive, told Dakota News Now, “In general, inventory has been difficult to come by. All our cars on our front line were new at that point, we had gotten some in, we had been doing well."

According to Dakota News Now, Graham plans to work with their insurance company to get the damaged vehicles fixed and back out on the lot as soon as possible.

Tuesday night's act of vandalism, or maybe I should say, "axe" of vandalism, certainly gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Can I "axe" you a question about that new Audi on the lot over there," doesn't it?

Source: Dakota News Now

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