Car wash damaged by burglars for third time

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Nearly perfect car-washing weather has arrived in Wichita, but the owner of one car wash said Friday the weekend likely will not be as profitable as it should be.

For the third time since the beginning of February, burglars have struck Jim Volk's car wash. This time, somebody tried to steal money from a pay machine and caused about $25,000 in damage.

"I don't know," he said. "They might have gotten $100."

Volk is once again having to file insurance claims, order new equipment and pay for repairs at his car wash near Maple and Maize.

Wednesday night, somebody used a pick-up and chain to pull apart a pay machine for one of his automatic car washes. The suspect got away with only quarters.

"There's no money in them," Volk said. "I empty everything daily."

The first week of February, burglars caused $8,000 in damage by cutting through the roof and damaging equipment. Two weeks ago, someone stole metal grates from a bay at the car wash.

Volk said he is frustrated because he is sure he is missing out on business this weekend.

"What kind of income loss this weekend, I have no idea," he said. "I don't have a magic ball. I can't see it, but I'm willing to bet that I'll probably lose 30 to 40 percent."

The car wash near Maple and Maize is in a pretty high-traffic area, so Volk said it is likely somebody may have noticed something suspicious going on.

"Call 911, report it to the police, let the police sort it out because, even though you think what you know is of no value, it may be extremely valuable," he said.

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