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July 25, 2013

Who did this?

Glass company replaces 22 windows in one day

Greg Clark says he can’t remember a day when he has been more busy than Tuesday,

Clark, president of Dalton’s Hamilton Glass, said his firm put up 22 windows on Tuesday and another four on Wednesday. Crews rushed to replace windows that had been shattered by vandals early Tuesday morning.

“We’ve never seen anything like this. We’ve seen some cases where they hit three or four businesses in a certain area. But that hasn’t happened in several years,” he said.

According to the Dalton Police Department, vandals hit approximately 35 businesses, probably between 4 and 5 a.m. Tuesday. The vandals struck across the city, striking buildings on or near Glenwood, Thornton and Walnut avenues and Hamilton Street. Nothing was reported taken from any of the buildings.

Al Johnson, owner of Al Johnson Volkswagen on Glenwood Avenue, said it will cost him about $2,000 to replace a front show room window at his car lot. He said vandals also busted the rear window of an SUV on the lot.

“We’ve already replaced that. It cost us about $500,” he said.

Crutchfield’s Furniture on Hamilton Street was one of those hit. Owner Chris Bunch said he doesn’t know how much it will cost to replace the store’s display window.

“We’ve got it boarded up and are waiting for an estimate,” he said.

Clark said the average price for the windows he has replaced so far has been about $500.

Police said they found marbles near several of the windows. Clark said his company also found marbles at several of the sites they worked at.

“That does seem to be the common denominator, but what they used to shoot them I could not tell you,” he said.

Police said they are examining security video from several of the stores.

“We’ve gotten a few leads, and officers are following up on them. But we don’t have anything more to report at this time,” said Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier.

Business owners with relevant security footage or anyone else with information about the vandalism is asked to call Det. Greg Bates at (706) 278-9085, ext. 137.

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