PORTLAND, Ore. – Small businesses are under attack in a Southeast Portland neighborhood.
Vandals shot or smashed at least four different store front windows on Southeast Stark Street between Interstate 205 and Mount Tabor. Several shops in the Montavilla neighborhood have been hit multiple times in the last two weeks.
Barber Johnny Marcello said two panes of glass were smashed on different nights at his business. Repairs will cost him $2,000 -- a week’s worth of haircuts.
“He got my neon sign, all my lettering, about $500 for the lettering,” said Marcello.
One block away, The Montavilla Animal Clinic has also been hit twice in two weeks. Someone shot the glass door with a pellet gun.
“There’s nothing funny about it,” said Heyward Stewart, who owns the Academy Theater next door. “It’s dangerous. Twelve feet of glass waiting to fall down on people.”
Stewart’s movie theater has been spared so far, but the vandalism is apparent at businesses on both sides. Business owners said the entire neighborhood stands to lose customers if it doesn’t stop.
“I hope the police are taking notice now to watch it more,” said Greg Bunker, who owns KB Frames.
“When one guy gets hit, we all get hit,” said Marcello. “Old barbers never die. They just have close shaves. I just had my close shave.”