Portland, OR – Vandals smashed out windows of several businesses that had been closed up due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Police deployed a K9 team to search for the suspects who hurled rocks through the windows of multiples businesses in the Pearl District of Portland over the weekend, KATU reported.
At least seven businesses were damaged during the vandalism spree.
Efforts to identify and apprehend the suspects have not been successful so far, KATU reported.
On Monday, several business owners in the area of Glisan and Northwest 13th Avenue opted to board up their buildings to try to deter vandals from targeting them, KPTV reported.
Among them were Filson, the River Pig Saloon, and KEEN.
River Pig Saloon owner Ramzy Hattar said that he decided to take extra precautions after the recent nearby vandalisms.
“I’m very worried about looting. I’m worried about a lot of things,” Hattar told KPTV. “Looting is definitely in the front of my mind right now. Especially because it happened next door.”
“We’re two to three days into this closure,” he added. “I can only image what’s going to happen in a month or two months into it.”
Michael Chown, who works in the Pearl District, said it is frightening to see what is happening to the area as people hunker down in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“It’s scary honestly. Just driving down the street, no one is walking around, no one’s working, no one’s outside,” Chown told KPTV.