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Tempe Police: Man purposely scratches former employer's Corvette

Posted: 2:10 PM, Aug 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-12 09:14:08-04

A man recently terminated from his job returned to scratch up his boss' car, according to police.

Court records show that police arrested a man on August 5 who they say is responsible for causing nearly $4,000 in damage to his former employer's car.

Police report that 33-year-old Nicolus Thomas Western returned to the Midas auto shop near Broadway and Rural roads in Tempe to get his personal belongings after he had been fired. 

Witnesses told police Western used an object to "scratch the full length of the driver's side of the victim's 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 causing $3,830 in damage," according to court documents.

Police say employees witnessed the offense, and it was also caught on surveillance video which showed Western pulling up to the shop with a small child.

“I just had a feeling,” said Michael Duda, Western's former boss. “I even said something as he was standing behind me, ‘You're not going to do anything to my car are you?’”

“To watch a beautiful black car with big Duda, whose car remains in the shop.

“Four thousand dollars is a lot of money,” said Duda. “And he will be paying it back, come rain or shine, he's going to pay.”

When confronted by police, Western allegedly told them that a transient did the damage to the car.

Western has been charged with criminal damage.