Owner's truck smeared with paint remover

Detective Amanda Kennedy
Detective Amanda Kennedy
Korey Kahler
Korey Kahler

By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The misfortune of one apartment dweller in Nacogdoches illustrates no one can ensure your safety. Yet it serves as a reminder to be aware of your surroundings.

Korey Kahler had just returned home from a long weekend. Within a couple of hours he became a victim of crime.

"Somebody poured paint remover all over my truck. The tail end, the sides, they used a brush and smeared it everywhere, all over the hood," said Kahler.

It's not minor vandalism, but a felony case.

"There were 73 parts that needed to be replaced, $5,700 worth of damage, two weeks to fix over 40 hours of labor dedicated to fixing my vehicle over, maybe a previous complaint that I made," said Kahler.

Retaliation is suspected in this isolated incident. Nevertheless, the complex where Kahler lives is taking it as an opportunity to create awareness. Residents received a letter informing them of the incident. Also included were suggested security measures. This sort of thing is encouraged by apartment associations.

"I also feel a sense of community really helps to get to know your neighbors and when you build that relationship with them then, you know, you're looking out for each other," said Apartment Community Manager Jakey Sampson.

SFA Police provide similar pro active advice to students, many who are out on their own for the very first time.

"Students come from places where they didn't have to. They don't think about that kind of thing," said Detective Amanda Kennedy with the SFA Campus Police Department.

Kahler is hopeful witness information will lead to an arrest. In the meantime, he's wondering, "are they going to do it again? What are they going to do next? I'm glad that they did it to my truck and not to me."

Kahler adds no one should be nonchalant to their surroundings.

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