Break and enter suspects shoot Vancouver store window with gun
The suspects first tried to break the window at 5 a.m. and then returned at 7 a.m. and shot the window with a gun.
A business owner posted a sign above a broken storefront with a message to people who made it.
It reads: “To the loser and your girlfriend who shot my window: POLICE now have video of you doing it!”
Brooke Floyd, the owner of In Again Fashions on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver, came into work on April 5 to find a huge crack in the store window. She didn’t check security camera footage until two days later to see what exactly happened.
“At five o’clock in the morning, while it was dark, two individuals approached the window of the store and tried to break it. They were hooded. [and had] very recognizable jackets and backpacks,” says Floyd Vancouver is awesome by telephone.
She adds that the duo returned two hours later. “It was a man and a woman and it looked like he was trying to get back through the window, and when that didn’t work he reached into his purse, pulled out a gun and shot the girl. window.”
Constable Tania Visintin confirmed that the Vancouver Police Department is currently investigating the “attempted break and enter into the store”.
Floyd says it’s not uncommon for her to call for help, but it’s rare for her to get an answer. “It would be great if there was a bigger police presence. I constantly have shoplifters. I had an incident not too long ago with a shoplifter. I ran after him, had an altercation on the street with him and called 911 and it took two and a half hours to respond even though I was physically assaulted,” she said.
“It’s just like [the police are] not doing enough about the situation,” she adds. In Floyd’s experience, every report has to be made online, and even then she rarely gets a response. When they answer, Floyd continues, “then you can see a real police officer and they usually ask for the information. And then you never hear from them again.”
Floyd shares that criminal activity on West 4th is an ongoing problem for other businesses as well. “This is the second time this has happened in a few months. The last time it broke out and we were robbed. Patagonia just up the street, their windows are always closed,” she says, including Lululemon in the list.
Shoplifting and violence are so common that Floyd tells his young employees not to do anything. “You don’t know if you’re going to get punched in the face,” she adds.
“It’s frustrating,” she said. “I’m a small business owner. I don’t have glass insurance. COVID has really hit us. So here we’re just struggling to get back on our feet and pay the bills that have come up. accumulated. Now I have to pay a few thousand dollars for a new window.”