Clarksville start-up business owner forced to start over after burglary


by Bryan Baker

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 28 at 12:21 AM

CLARKSVILLE, In. (WHAS11) – Tim Whitaker says his custom car shop, called Savage City Kustomz, a comeback project so ambitious that he saved money for a year and half so he could open it.

But Tim's business plan stalled when a burglar cut the lock to the small Clarksville garage he rents behind Nationwide Trucking. He says the lot gate was open around 8:30-9:30 p.m., when he believes the crime occurred.

Three business were burglarizes and vehicles on the lot were broken into, but the most was stolen from Tim, who could afford it the least. Thousands of dollars in electronics and tools were stolen along with his ambition, weeks before a grand opening.

"It took me to a state of mind to where I was like I just lost everything, house and all, because how am I gonna replace everything?" he said.

Because money was tight, Tim's insurance would not go into effect until after the business opened. Now, Tim has to salvage it alone.

"I have a lot to be thankful for, because it's a hard lesson learned to be a victim in a crime, cause it's something that I never really thought I'd be," he added. "I thought I'd always hear about it instead of being in it."

For Tim's comeback business, there is now an entirely different kind of comeback. The tools he has now he brought from home. Everything else inside, including a painting booth big enough to detail semi trucks, he built himself. There is no money to pay for help. But it does not seem to matter to him.

"I'm having to work 18 hours a day most days to get it done, but I will get it done," he says.

The business was supposed to open April 1. Now that will be pushed back a few weeks.

Clarksville Police are looking for a man driving a red or white 1990s model Ford F-150 pickup truck. If you have any information, you are urged to call police at 812-288-7151.