Howland police probe vandalism at businesses

HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Howland police need the public’s help to find the person or persons responsible for smashing out the windows of several businesses last week.

Police have released surveillance video from Nov. 12 at the Rig Bar and Grill on East Market Street.

“Jumped the fence, had a mask on, just walked over here with a tire iron, hit the window, turned around and slowly walked away. And got in his car and left,” Dustin Gregory, a cook and delivery driver for The Rig said.

The Rig was not the only business to fall victim that night to vandalism. The Burger King, Howland Plaza, Miracle Ear and Dairy Queen all either had their windows, doors or drive-through windows smashed out on Nov. 12.

In each case, the glass was smashed but police said nothing was taken inside any of the businesses.

“No, they did not even try to get in. We could see it on our tape and it was just boom, boom, boom, got in his car and left,” Gregory said.

The drive-through window that was smashed at the Howland Dairy Queen is still not repaired and may have to be completely replaced. Manager Janet Wilde said at first they thought it could be a disgruntled customer or employee until they heard other businesses were hit.

“Then when you hear about the other businesses, you know it was pure vandalism,” Wilde said.

Howland detectives said there is no rhyme or reason for the businesses targeted.

“We are still pulling up videos and just seeing if we can put the pieces of the puzzle together and see if we can get a suspect or a vehicle make or model,” Howland Police Det. Tony Villanueva said.

Police in Niles are investigating a similar vandalism at the Havanna House in the Eastwood Mall complex around the same time.

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