CPD: 125 vandalism cases reported since May within a mile of each other
Channel 3 is getting a look at new numbers concerning vandalism cases in downtown Chattanooga.
Channel 3 requested information from Chattanooga police regarding the number of vandalism cases after Steve Hunt, the building manager for Pinnacle Bank, said the bank was shot with a BB gun causing damage to the entrance.
Chattanooga police say within a one-mile radius of 800 Market Street, 125 cases of vandalism have been reported since May.
Kate Langhart, the general manager at Mad Priest Coffee Roasters on Broad Street says back in August, someone threw a brick through their door.
"There was a million pieces of glass. I'm actually still finding glass. There was glass all throughout the countertops," said Langhart. "It was a big ole mess."
"It's heartbreaking for all the local stores that have been affected by it," added Langhart.
Councilman Erskine Oglesby, who oversees the downtown area, had no comment.
The Chamber of Commerce said it's up to the city and Chattanooga police.
Chattanooga police also declined to comment.
Channel 3 reached out to Mayor Andy Berke twice about the string of downtown vandalism.
His office provided the following statement to Deputy Chief Operating Director Tony Sammons:
“The City of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Police Department have worked closely with neighborhoods to push our overall crime numbers down. A major element to that success is community trust and making sure that people in our city feel comfortable communicating with members of law enforcement when they encounter incidents of criminal activity. Anytime something happens that makes anyone feel unsafe in his or her neighborhood, we take that very seriously and we appreciate the community’s continued cooperation in coming forward when something happens that we need to know about.
We continue to invest in our police department through personnel, technology, and training to make sure that we are keeping the public’s trust in their police department and making their neighborhoods safe.”
It's still unclear how the mayor's office plans to address the vandalism.
"It's definitely a community effort but obviously local non-profits and law enforcement can play a big part in that," said Langhart.
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