Speaking with Alexander St. Juste, General Manager of the Automotive Division, he indicated that Alister E. Thomas of Main Street, Newton Ground, caused damage to a total of seven vehicles, smashing the windscreens of four of them.
The General Manager stated that Thomas visited the business place on Thursday and indicated his intention of purchasing six vehicles; three pickups and three Hyundai Tucsons. He then provided the pricelist for the vehicles and told Thomas that he would need to submit some sort of payment the next day in order for them to proceed in getting the vehicles ready.
Thomas then left.
Sometime after nine Friday morning, St. Juste stated that Thomas visited his office indicating that he came for the vehicles.
“I told him that we haven’t got the vehicles ready as yet, as we’re still waiting on the cheques so we can pay Customs and the VAT Department for them before putting them on the road,” St. Juste said.
The General Manager said that the customer left his office and he (St. Juste) thought it was in good faith. St. Juste left the office fifteen minutes later to conduct business off site.
After leaving the office, the General Manager said he received a phone call informing him that Thomas had returned with a pipe about 3 ft. long, looking for him. Members of staff were trying to assist Thomas.
Thomas then proceeded to smash the vehicles.
St. Juste said the amount in damage has not yet been determined, but the police was informed of the incident and an arrest was made.
According to the general manager, it seems as though Thomas has a mental problem.
“I picked it up since he came in yesterday (Thursday), and I tried to deal with him in a manner that wouldn’t upset him,” St. Juste said.
Andrea Thomas, a relative of Alister Thomas, visited the businesses entity after she heard what had transpired in order to ascertain what could be done about the situation. St. Juste said they are awaiting word from the company directors.