Vandal smashes windows at three Vancouver businesses

A man is accused of smashing the windows of three businesses in downtown Vancouver with a skateboard on Tuesday morning, causing extensive damage to an art gallery and a supply store.

Vancouver police were called around 6:45 a.m. to the West Sixth and Columbia streets area after a witness reported ‘a man broke into a vehicle with a skateboard and was now breaking the windows of the vehicle. ‘an art gallery,’ according to a probable cause affidavit. .

The man then entered the Plaid Pantry, 514 Washington St., stole a cigar and smashed another window. A photo from the Plaid Pantry surveillance video was given to officers, the affidavit states.

The suspect was found walking in traffic on the Interstate 5 bridge and taken into custody, police department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in an email.

Benjamin Scott Wilson, 41, no city of residence listed, was incarcerated in Clark County Jail on suspicion of first- and second-degree malicious mischief. He appeared on the allegations Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court, where his bond was set at $10,000, court records show.

According to the affidavit, the cost to repair or replace the Plaid Pantry window is over $750. The responding agent saw 10 broken windows at Geme Art, 209 W. Sixth St., and estimated it would cost over $5,000 to repair or replace the windows. Another window was smashed at the nearby Vata Salon & Spa at 205 W. Sixth St.

Jennifer Will, office manager for Geme Art, said the business remained open and was in the process of repairing the damage. But there is no timetable for when the repairs will be completed.

“It wasn’t just a window; there were several windows, so we suffered a lot of damage,” she said. “We’re just doing what we can right now.”

Journalist Zoë Buhrmaster contributed to this story.

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