WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) – Broken signs, doors, and windows are becoming a common sight in one coastal Rhode Island town.
Westerly business owner Mark Bogue got an unwelcome surprise when he arrived at his repurpose consign and design shop on Monday.
"I approached the store and noticed that the window had been broken severely," he said.
Bogue believes it's the work of vandals. He was so angry that he left a message on the shops now boarded-up windows.
"Thanks for destroying our store," the sign read. "Drunks have smashed four windows, ripped our sign down, left puke at the door. Empty and broken bottles in entrance just destroy everything we try to do."
This is the fourth time in the last two years that local bar goers have vandalized Bogue's shop, in addition to other stores in the area.
"It's unfortunate because some of these businesses really can't afford to have things like this happen," said Westerly resident Alana Copp.
The shop owner said that the vandalism has been addressed, but is only getting worse. "It's documented, this continually gets worse. It's been addressed for the last two or three years."
Westerly police said that they are aware of the incidents . Chief Edward St. Clair said officers have been conducting bar checks and maintaining a more constant presence in the downtown area especially at bar closing times to help alleviate some of these issues.
Bogue doesn't believe the current police efforts are enough ,"We need to do more here, it's ridiculous,"
Bogue says he is planning on going to Monday's town council meeting to talk to leaders about changing things to make it safer for stores in Westerly.
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