Windows Damaged At Several Area Businesses

Thursday, July 12th 2007, 6:12 am
By: News On 6

Vandals are costing some Tulsa businesses big. A destructive spree damaged a dozen shops and stores in several locations. News On 6 anchor Craig Day was there shortly after the windows were shot out. He reports police are still working the case, and so far no arrests have been made.

On Thursday, store owners were left with a big clean up and costly repair bills. At the Will Rogers Clock and Lamp store, they're trying to keep the rain out of the hole vandals left behind. Owner David Cox doesn't want any inventory damaged.

"Everyone's been scrambling since about 2 o'clock this morning trying to get things done before the storm came,” said Cox.

That's when vandals with a BB or pellet gun shot out windows in six stores at Mall 31 near 31st and Sheridan. James Wohner owns another one of the stores.

"Glass was all over the store and the floor and everything and then the rain this morning, I come in here, having to mop up water everywhere,” Wohner said.

The vandals also shattered windows of businesses in a shopping center at 21st and Mingo and targeted a flower shop delivery vehicle at 41st and Hudson.

Altogether, those vandals destroyed windows out of about a dozen businesses at several different locations. It amounts to thousands and thousands of dollars in damage and a lot of hassle and frustration.

The vandalism spree is costing the businesses a lot either straight out of their pockets or in higher insurance rates. All the windows will cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000 to replace.

"The main thing is, I don't think the young people realize ten cents for an air rifle bullet, or something like that, can cost us $1,000 a window,” said Cox.

For now, the business owners are left with a big mess to clean up and big bills to cover the damage.

Both shopping areas have surveillance cameras. Business owners and police will take a close look at the video in hopes of catching who is responsible for the vandalism.

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