“You’ve been warned,” Auto shop owner sends message to vandals

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HAZLETON, Pa. (WNEP) – A business owner was shocked when he realized someone had vandalized his new auto repair shop.

So, he decided to send the culprits a message.

Not even a week after opening, vandals spray painted the outside of Autotek, a repair shop in Hazleton.

Donnie Tolerico, the shop’s owner, said he wanted whoever did this to know that he is willing to defend his property at all costs.

He spray painted a warning next to the graffiti.

“This is not me threatening anyone. This is simply me saying that this wasn’t kids. This was gangs. I’m taking it seriously. If they come back around, my first response is going to be to take it seriously,” Tolerico told WNEP.

He says several areas around town have been hit with the same type of graffiti.

Tolerico admits that what he did is extreme, but says he worked hard to open his garage.

He says the vandalism pushed him to the limit and says he knows it wouldn’t stop unless he took a hard stand.

“I understand that it might be a risk, but I think if people back me up and do the same thing, maybe they’ll get the message and they’ll leave,” he said.