Thief puts Norfolk junk removal company temporarily out of service

NORFOLK, VA. (WAVY) – A Norfolk service company is temporarily out of service due to a thief.

Somebody destroyed their work trucks and took their license plates away.

Whoever did it stole the inspection stickers from the work trucks. The business may not work until they get new tags, but that may take a while.

Express Junk Removal Services has been Francis Allen’s bread and butter for 15 years, but he’s not sure when his business will get back up and running.

“I can’t even describe the feeling because it hurts you as a businessman,” Allen said.

Somebody broke into Allen’s fleet of trucks on Tuesday evening. The damage was discovered around 9 p.m., just hours after the vehicles were parked outside West 24th Street.

The thief removed the license plates from one truck, stole the new license plates that were on another truck, and peeled the inspection stickers from both vehicles.

“To take all of those things, I mean they just turned us off,” Allen said.

A week earlier, Allen said someone had put graffiti on the trucks.

He’s now trying to get an appointment with the Automobile Department, but Allen said getting new tags may not be as fast as he’d hoped.

“When we report the stolen tags, they have to go through the police or some steps that have to be taken before you can actually get new tags,” he said.

Allen estimates window repairs and replacement labels will cost $ 800 to $ 900.

In the meantime, he is considering renting trucks to get back to work, but that’s another financial setback.

“Everything has slowed down because of COVID, so we were already at a point where we were wondering how to do business,” he said. “For this to happen, everyone’s morale is just kicked.”

Everyone filed a police report. He also warns nearby companies to stay vigilant.

“Whoever did it was brave and I can believe they will be back,” he said.

There are surveillance cameras nearby, but it is not yet known if they were recorded at this point.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or Submit a tip online.

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