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In addition to three banks vandalized in Woodstock, another was damaged near Hawthorne

DAVID F. ASHTON - Before it could open for the day on May 2, workers were replacing shattered plate glass windows at the Woodstock KeyBank branch. Alarms at three Woodstock area banks started sounding at 4:13 a.m. on May 2, when a band of "several" hooligans began smashing windows at Chase Bank, KeyBank, and US Bank, on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.

Clearly not wanting to be identified with their vandalism, the male hoodlums covered their faces with bandanas and had hoodies pulled up around their faces, according to a witness, as they picked up the largest rocks they could find, and hurled them through the banks' windows.

"Limited preliminary information indicates all three incidents appear to be related to one another," said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley at the time. "All three banks sustained vandalism a year ago on May 1, but it has not been determined who was responsible for that attack; or, if it's now connected to these incidents."

The same morning, windows were also broken at a US Bank branch on S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th Avenue) just north of Hawthorne Boulevard; Burley said it's also not known if this vandalism was related to the three cases in Woodstock.

Managers at the three Woodstock banks declined to discuss the damage, or to disclose the dollar cost of the vandalism they had suffered.

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