KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) – Three businesses in Knightdale had their front doors smashed Sunday night, police said.
The incident happened at approximately 9:07 p.m., according to police. The businesses that were damaged are located along Village Park Drive.
The three impacted are Diva Doos, Snappy Lube, and Just Tires.
Police said the doors were shattered by some sort of blunt object. No other businesses were damaged.
There are multiple signs posted outside this building and those nearby alerting people that cameras are in the area.
A man can be seen driving what appears to be a white Dodge Ram pickup truck in a surveillance video recorded by a nearby seafood restaurant. The man in the video is wearing a mask and gloves and carrying what appears to be a crowbar.
Gregory Knish and Anete Brown own the strip mall and A’nets Katch Seafood restaurant.
“He looks through our windows. It looks like we were probably the target. You see he looked through the windows looked at the display cases nothing except the register and sees nothing and then he looks like he’s leaving,” they told CBS 17 while looking at their surveillance video.
The man then walks back toward his truck and then toward Diva Doos hair salon.
The salon owner told Knish and Brown that she had an Apple iPad right out in the open but the man didn’t touch it – he only opened the register.
The vandalism occurred as many small businesses are trying to bounce back during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Replacing doors and front windows weren’t things they expected, but they’re still staying positive saying that at least nobody was hurt and it was only glass doors that were broken.
“I’m going to see the bright part of it. And the bright part of it is nobody got hurt and just a window got broke,” said Knish.
Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps told CBS 17 that the incident was “alarming, selfish, and unacceptable.”
Capps said they have leads but they’re still hoping the public can help identify the suspect. If you know who the suspect is, please call Knightdale Police at 919-217-2261.
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