A Bristol store is offering a reward for information after its windows were smashed on back-to-back nights.
Security cameras captured the moment a vandal, brandishing what appears to be a baseball bat, struck the large glass panel windows at Silas Deane Pawn on Farmington Ave. early in the morning on Friday. The suspect was caught on camera wearing clothing with distinctive blue stripes and a baseball hat.
Justin Hagan, the store’s owner, hired a company to replace much of the broken glass during the day on Friday, but the windows were destroyed again early Saturday morning. His cameras were rolling on the person, this time wearing black and white athletic clothing and a mask.
Hagan said nothing was taken from the store, leaving the vandal’s motivation a mystery. He ruled out the potential of a disgruntled employee or dissatisfied customer committing the acts, and said, “we have a great customer base.”
He estimated the total value of the damage from both incidents to be at least $12,000, and said it will be a challenge for the year-old store to pay for repairs twice.
Hagan hoped releasing images from the security footage, and the offer of a $500 reward for information, would inspire someone with information to come forward before his storefront is struck for a third time.
NBC Connecticut spoke with a Bristol police officer at the scene who said they are searching for the suspect.