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Reward Offered After Men Spray Chemical on 100 Dealership Cars

A $25,000 reward was being offered Wednesday by a Fontana car dealership that was targeted by vandals who damaged more than 100 cars by spraying them with some chemical.

The vandalism first occurred June 12, but since no arrests have been made, Fontana police investigators released new enhanced surveillance video, hoping it would generate new leads.

The vandalism, caught on surveillance footage, caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to 105 cars.

In the video, since enhanced by the FBI, two men are seen spraying some type of liquid on vehicles at the Pacific Auto Center dealership.

"It was devastating to say the least," said Julio Ortiz, general sales manager. "As a family owned business we were entirely devastated."

Ortiz said the actions of the two vandals have hurt many people working at the dealership, which has been around for about 25 years.

"It is enraging. It is saddening. And I think it's very selfish. I think people who do crimes like this don't take into consideration how much harm they cause not only to the business, and the community that we work around," he said.

For the past two months, Fontana police have been trying to identify the vandals, but without any luck.

"We've talked to people who have had problems with the business -- past clients that weren't happy, disgruntled employees," said Det. Jason Coillot. "At this point we are out of leads and just trying to get the public's help with vehicle info."

One piece of information detectives have been trying to use is a silver or light-colored Toyota Prius captured by a surveillance camera.

Investigators also said the substance was a very powerful paint thinner.

The dealership was offering the $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the two vandals.

"I would say that they are cowards and bullies and if there is any dignity left in them to please come forward," Ortiz said.

Investigators were still trying to figure out a motive for the attack.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Fontana police.

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