WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department said they are looking for a suspect or suspects who vandalized several doors and businesses Wednesday. It happened in between the 500 and 1000 blocks of West Douglas around 10:45 p.m.
Police said someone from the Monarch called 911 after seeing the suspect on surveillance video. The suspect was caught etching ‘caser’ into the glass door of business. Seven other windows and doors were damaged on other businesses in the Delano area. KSN obtained surveillance video of the suspect from John Wood.
In that video, you can hear the vandal etching the five letter word into a glass door.
Several businesses said this isn’t the first time they’ve been hit.
“We did fix it once on our window and he got us again,” said Shawn Stroble with Hayes Company. “So, we have another window to repair.”
Hayes Company was damaged by what appears to be the same guy in April. The company was also able to get surveillance video of that incident.
“It’s frustrating,” said Stroble. “It’s taking time out of the day because we keep having to repair it. It gets pretty expensive.”
It’s also been expensive for Leslie Coffee Company.
The owner said the entire glass pane window that was damaged needs to be replaced.
“Its just frustrating” said Sarah Leslie, owner. “We’re a new business and just getting open and it’s a big expense. You can’t just wipe it off or polish it out.”
These businesses have a message for the vandal:
“Find something better to do,” said Stroble. “Get a job that you can do something creative with your art instead of ruining businesses and costing people money.”
Police said it was employees at a nearby business who first noticed something was wrong.
“I believe the employee of the Monarch saw something on the surveillance video which led them to call 911 and officers responded at that time,” said officer Charley Davidson, Wichita Police Department.
Officials in Park City say vandalism in their city features the same letters ‘caser’. They are working with the Wichita Police Department to see if the cases are linked
If you know anything, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111 or investigations at 268-4407.