During a late night check-in at her store, Julie Kerhanovich noticed her window had been smashed again, as has happened before.
Julie and her husband own “The Other Guys” located in the 400 block of Queen Street. She spoke with SaultOnline and is understandably upset with events that occurred last night.
Kerhanovich called Sault Police Services last evening and told them of the front window at her location being smashed. They arrived within 20-30 minutes, they took a report and left.
Shortly after, her husband walked their section of Queen Street to see what other damage may have occurred. He noticed that an overhead sign had been smashed, right next door, but no other visible damage was yet apparent.
A short time later, after she once again decided she was going to sleep in her store, she noticed individuals hanging out on the stage across the street, one of whom she believed was responsible for smashing her window.
She called police for the second time that evening, and upon arrival officers spoke at length with the individuals on the stage, one of which she described as having a “small axe” type weapon, and then left the area.
When she awoke this morning, she noticed that, since the police had left the area, more damage had been done to other stores, near hers. Holes had been smashed in the windows of both June and Friends Hairstyling and Silver Threads Boutique. She wondered out loud to this reporter if the damage would have occurred, had the police taken the people on the stage away or made them disperse.
She and her husband aren’t only frustrated with police, but also with the Downtown Association and the lack of security.
“During the last lockdown, there was like security going up and down Queen Street, they’d shine lights and drive like 20, you don’t see that now,” said Kerhanovich. “Did the Downtown Association pay for security again, or are they done paying for that, was it just for fun? when everybody’s like we are all in this together?.”
Julie and her husband aren’t the first business owners who are frustrated with the lack of security on Queen Street. SaultOnline also spoke with the owners of Vintage Game’s and Junque earlier this year about the same issues.
The owners of June and Friends Hairstyling arrived while we were downtown and although not willing to go on camera, they were also frustrated and contacting police.
There are online reports of more than just these four businesses being hit overnight. Some say they scared an individual out of the Bruce and Albert Street area who was doing the same thing.
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