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Eighty vehicles were towed from a Brockton, Mass., repair facility after it was shut down for violations of code in a city-wide effort to crack down on unlicensed businesses.
Enterprise News reported that JD’s Auto Body and International Auto Workz, located in the same facility on a street lined with automotive businesses, were shut down and cleared out by a long parade of tow trucks after business owners Tony Amado of International Auto Workz and Joao DePina of JD’s Auto Body failed to obtain proper licenses for the facility. City officials said the two were licensed to store 15 vehicles inside the building, but not for storing vehicles outdoors. Along with the 80 towed vehicles, many more were driven away from JD’s, according to the newspaper.
Amado and DePina said in a video posted on Enterprisenews.com that they’ve been trying to obtain proper licenses from Brockton for over a year but were forced to jump through many hoops in the process.
“This is the most unfair day I’ve ever seen in my life in this city,” Amado said.
Since January, police had been warning the pair to comply with city code or face the consequences, Officer Scott Uhlman of the city’s code enforcement task force said.
“This place is a pit we’ve been here at least three times in four months,” Uhlman told the newspaper.
Click HERE to view a video about the shop’s closing.