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The Westmoreland bank was temporarily closed anyway -- but did this attack relate to a downtown riot?

RITA A. LEONARD - Fifteen windows at the Westmoreland Branch of Wells Fargo Bank were severely damaged on October 12. 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.

"The nearest Wells Fargo branch is our John's Landing branch, at 5615 S. Macadam Avenue, about three miles away over the Sellwood Bridge," he wrote THE BEE. "Customers can check Wells Fargo's Branch Locator for ATM locations and the status of branches, and can use mobile and online banking tools almost anywhere, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. "Customers with safe deposit boxes at temporarily closed branches may access their possessions by making an appointment by phone, or e-mailing – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.", he added.

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