A vandal may be loose in Oakhurst, and is targeting store windows.
Two businesses were vandalized Saturday, Aug. 18, by having their large front windows broken.
The first incident was reported around 10 p.m. Saturday, after a passerby noticed a broken window at the Purple Cow, the shop at 39935 Highway 41 that sells handcrafted decorative items. The passerby reported to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office that the window appeared to have been shot with a BB gun.
This is the second time Purple Cow Mall owner Charlie Davis has been forced to replace a very large window, but at least he can close up the building at the end of the day, he said.
Two windows in that same front left side of the building were broken several years ago, he said. That’s when he hired a welder to make heavy-duty screens to protect them. It worked, until now. Unfortunately, he said, on Saturday night, those screens had not been closed.
The 4-by-6.5-foot window will cost about $400 to replace, Davis said. While he waits on the insurance company, however, he is at least able to secure his business with the large screen panels.
Also on Saturday evening, someone broke a large front window at the Dollar Tree, a store that opened a year ago in Raley’s Center, at 40015 Highway 49. The Dollar Tree manager was unable to provide any details of the vandalism because of corporate policy, but he did say nothing was stolen.
SierraNewsOnline has been unable to obtain any information from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office about the incidents, and it is not clear if they are related.
If you have any information that may help law enforcement solve these crimes, contact the sheriff’s office at 559-675-7770.