CARAG — Three times in less than two weeks in February vandals smashed the windows of businesses near the intersection of 36th & Bryant.
A mobile police camera unit was parked on the street outside of Calhoun Pet Supply, 901 W. 36th St., after vandals apparently hit and cracked the front windows of that business sometime in the early morning hours of Feb. 15. Vandals twice damaged the windows of nearby Kyle’s Market, 826 W. 36th St. — first sometime early on Feb. 14 and then a second time in the early hours of Feb. 22.
Qing Liu and her husband, Fuliang “Joe" Zhou, own both businesses, located kitty-corner across the intersection of 36th & Bryant. Insurance will cover some of the cost of replacing the windows, but Liu said the incidents still cost them about $3,000.
“It just does not make sense, what’s going on, you know?” Liu said. “We (have) worked in this neighborhood 16 years.”
There were also slurs spray painted on the Kyle’s Market building after its windows were smashed a second time. Both Liu and Zhou are originally from China.
In the first incident, police responded to an alarm at Kyle’s at about 5 a.m. Feb. 14 and saw multiple windows broken. Officers who met with Liu and Zhou the next morning noted four large panes of glass, including the door, had 15 to 20 large holes that could have been made by a hammer or tire iron, according to the incident report.
The damage was similar in the other incidents. No entry was made into either business.
“We need the whole neighborhood to help watch,” Liu said.