Minneapolis Police: Racism Suspected Motive for Vandalism
Someone smashed the windows of two neighboring Minneapolis businesses.
Now, police have released pictures of the man they think might be responsible.
They also have a theory about his motivation.
The incidents happened about 4:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12. Police tell KSTP.COM a man used a large hammer to smash the front windows of Kyle's Market in the 800 block of West 36th Street. They said that same man also shattered the windows of Calhoun Pet Supply across the street.
Both businesses are owned by the same family.
"The family has no known enemies and has received no threats," said a Minneapolis Police spokesperson. "It is believed that the suspect may be targeting these businesses due to the cultural origin of the owners."
It isn't the first time.
"Both businesses have suffered similar damage and incidents of graffiti four times this year," said the spokesperson.
Damage is estimated at more than $5,000.
In addition to the photos, police released a description of the person they suspect is responsible:
- White male
- 5'10" to 6'2" tall
- 275-300 pounds
- Large "pot-belly"
- Wearing a wool-type hat
- Light colored handkerchief over his mouth and nose
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case. If you have information, you can do one of the following:
- Call 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)
- Text TIP674 to 274637
- Go to the Crime Stoppers website and click on "Give a Tip."