Businesses recovering from weekend vandalism

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mickey Hamilton, manager of York Tire on Seventh Street, is one of at least a dozen business owners who found gun shots in his windows Saturday morning.

CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson

Shattered windows and shards of broken glass greeted at least a dozen business owners across Clovis as they prepared to open Saturday morning.

Police said it looks like the vandalism is the work of juveniles, though they are still searching for suspects.

There are no official estimates, though police did speculate the total could reach several thousand dollars.

Some business owners said they will be digging into their pockets to fix the damage.

Police began receiving reports of broken store and vehicle windows — shot out with either a BB or pellet gun — early Saturday, primarily from businesses on West Seventh Street and Main Street.

“Again, (it’s) parenting,” Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. “Judging from these times obviously they were out at night doing this. It’s just another example of (not knowing what your children are doing).”

The damage is likely in the thousands of dollars, Whitney said.

Mickey Hamilton, manager of York Tire on Seventh Street, said two of the business’ plate glass windows were shot. Replacing them will cost between $800 and $900, and it won’t be paid by insurance, he said.

Instead the cost “comes right out of the owners pocket,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton also said there have been several instances of similar damage in the last couple years.

“Kids need to learn to have fun doing something a little less destructive,” he said.

“Personally, I just think it’s sad that they gotta go around tearing things up. Times are tough enough that we shouldn’t have to be paying for this stuff. … I’d hate think what would have happened to me if I had done that when I was a kid.”

A couple blocks away, John Kuchta, owner of No Hassle Muffler and Auto Service he found his vehicle window and the window of a customer’s vehicle shot out Friday night.

“It’s frustrating, it’s senseless,” he said.

“The money you’ve got to pay to repair them is just little enough to where the insurance doesn’t cover it if you have a high deductible.”

Whitney said there is little that can be done on the part of business owners and residents to prevent broken windows and similar vandalism, however, installing video surveillance systems can at least help police identify the culprits during investigations.