Vandal strikes businesses in Richmond, El Cerrito

July 21, 2010 3:47:10 PM PDT
A vandalism streak in Richmond and El Cerrito overnight left at least five businesses along MacDonald and San Pablo avenues with broken windows, Richmond police said.

The first report of smashed glass came in at 11:46 p.m. from the Kwang Tung Restaurant at 12056 San Pablo Ave., Richmond police Lt. Shawn Pickett said.

Four minutes later, a similar report of a broken window came in from a nearby Chevron gas station at 4838 MacDonald Ave.

The vandal, described as a black man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black tennis shoes, smashed the glass of the attendant's booth, Pickett said.

At midnight, a resident called police to report that a Starbucks coffee shop located about a quarter-mile from the other two businesses had its windows broken out.

An officer patrolling the area at 1 a.m. in response to the flurry of reports discovered that a Panda Express restaurant at 4250 MacDonald Ave. had also been hit.

At least two of the businesses - the two restaurants - also had property stolen, Pickett said.

To temporarily assist the affected businesses, police dispatched a public works crew to put up plywood.

"I know it's really expensive to replace those windows," Pickett said.

A few hours later, a report came in from El Cerrito that the IHOP restaurant at 11511 San Pablo Ave. had also been struck by the vandal, he said.


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