Windows broken, ATM damaged, at Wells Fargo in Westmoreland
The Wells Fargo Bank Branch on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue has been closed for months due to COVID-19 business flow adjustments, as previously reported in THE BEE.
But, on Columbus Day, the national holiday on October 12, one or more vandals, wielding some sort of tools, smashed fifteen large windows on the building, and also damaged the ATM machine.
Portland Police Public Information Officer Melissa Newhard confirmed, "A passerby called in at 10:06 a.m., giving information that the bank had been damaged."
Although Inner Southeast has seen little damage from the months of demonstrations downtown, the Westmoreland bank's damage was apparently inflicted at about the same time that a riot downtown caused damage to the Oregon Historical Society building and several businesses, and two historic statues were pulled down, so this damage may be related to the riot.
David J. Kennedy, APR, the bank's Pacific NW Regional Communication Officer advised the bank branch will remain closed for the time being, but will eventually resume operations. In the meantime, the broken windows have been boarded up, and repairs are pending.
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