Recently a string of vandalism has occurred in both New Boston, Portsmouth and possibly areas in Minford as well.
Reports have been coming into both the Portsmouth and New Boston police departments in regards to both residents and business owners finding bullet holes through their car windows and business fronts.
“On the date of the June 26, overnight probably sometime late night or into the early morning the rear windows of vehicles along the 3400, 3500 and 3600 block of Gallia Street appeared to be shot out with some type of BB gun or pellet gun,” said New Boston Chief of Police, Steve Goins. “Hollywood Hair in the 4000 block had called and reported that someone had shot through the glass on their front windows. We also received a call from L.A. Nails in the Walmart mall that they had their window shot, but it seems as though they’re the only ones affected in that area. It seems like someone went straight down Gallia Street.”
Portsmouth Police Captain Lynn Brewer also confirmed that vehicles along the 2900-3100 blocks of Gallia in the Portsmouth jurisdiction were also hit. According to complaints from citizens, areas in Minford are suspected to have been vandalized around the same time.
“It really was a surprise for myself and to the girls. At first we didn’t know how to react, other than anger then worrying about the security of ourselves. We are slowly transforming the old American Restaurant into a new business that could provide our stylists a safe place to work and the last thing I would want to worry about is vandalism. Our current location luckily has not suffered vandalism and it really didn’t cross my mind that it could happen to our new location,” said Erecka Mader, the owner of Hollywood Hair. “You never want to see a building damaged but most importantly you never want to put someone’s life in jeopardy. You do not worry until something like this happens, but we will bond together as a community to hopefully assist the law enforcement to apprehend the offenders behind this and move forward with progress.”
Mader said the bullet hole was discovered the following morning, June 27 when construction crews set out to work on the new building.
“We believe and hope that it’s only a one time occurrence to the building and others in the surrounding neighborhood. I never want to see anything damaged after all the hard work and money that has been put into businesses in our area. In the end, we as a community are trying to build up the area and will not let things like this put a stop to the progress,” said Mader.
Both departments confirmed that there were no injuries reported.
So far, no suspect vehicle(s) or person(s) have been identified.
“It’s just pure vandalism and meanness out of somebody. It’s purposeless crime that costs the victim money. Unless you catch the person in the progress of doing it, it might go unsolved. It’s just that type of a crime, occurs late at night there’s no witnesses around, it’s just pure meanness,” Goins said. “If someone happened to see anything or hear someone speaking about it, I encourage them to call us at 740-456-4109 or call Portsmouth PD 740-353-4101.”
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