Organized vandals caused thousands of dollars of damages to businesses on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard early Thursday, Nov. 26, according to Portland police.
Damaged businesses included Powell's Books, New Seasons, the Portland Cider House and more.
Three adults were arrested and a juvenile was detained. Another adult found in possession of a semi-automatic pistol was referred out of custody to the district attorney's office for potential weapons charges.
Police said that at about 1:22 a.m. on Nov. 26, officers responded to reports of people breaking windows and spraying graffiti on the New Seasons Market in the 4000 block of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. Multiple callers reported seeing a group of people, dressed in black clothing, moving west along Southeast Hawthorne breaking out windows as they went.
When officers arrived, they found a group near Southeast 37th Avenue and Southeast Harrison Street matching the description and carrying evidence connecting them to the vandalism. Officers canvassed the neighborhood, spoke to witnesses, and found damage to at least 10 businesses between Southeast 41st Avenue and Southeast 33rd Avenue along Southeast Hawthorne Street, in both the Sunnyside and Richmond neighborhoods. Some of the damage was sufficient to provide access to the interior of retail stores so officers contacted responsible parties and stood by while contractors or employees boarded up windows.
KOIN 6 saw graffiti on other businesses, including Wells Fargo, Chase Bank, Umpqua Bank, Starbucks, Mo Beri, Fred Meyer, Seven Virtues Coffee Roasters, Twil and others. Most of it was about Thanksgiving, colonizers and capitalism. Many profanities were spotted as well.
Based on witness statements, police said it is likely that more people were involved in these crimes and police will try to determine their identity through further investigation.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story. Their version can be found here.
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