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Multiple businesses in Pearl District vandalized

Businesses vandalized in the Pearl District
Posted at 6:06 AM, Mar 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-04 18:23:36-05

TULSA, Okla. — A man is being questioned by police after he's suspected of vandalizing multiple businesses in the Pearl District.

Around 2:30 a.m. Friday, a witness reached out to 2 News Oklahoma about a man breaking windows on a strip of businesses around 11th and Rockford.

The witness told 2 News he heard someone screaming while heading east on 11th just off Peoria. He checked it out and and said he saw a man pick up a table and smash multiple windows. Tulsa police confirm the suspect also used manhole covers to smash the windows.

Buck Atom's, Atelier M-F-R Art Studio, Jill Croka Designs, Por Ella Tulsa, Burnett's Flower and Design and Howdy Burger are among the locations dealing with damage.

Officers detained the suspect for questioning.

“They are very agitated and erratic. He’s calmed down somewhat since we’ve had him in custody but especially when we first contacted him, he was extremely irate," says Woods. "Like I said I think he’s calming down a little bit now that we’re talking to him and trying to de-escalate the situation with him.”

Several of these businesses have security cameras. TPD said they will look through the footage to get a better understanding of what happened.

Business owners told 2 News Oklahoma the best way to help them after something like this is to shop there to help support them.

This weekend is the Shop 66 when people are encouraged to shop at local shops along Route 66.

Local artist Kely Kingsley also painted a mural over the boards used to cover a broken window at Buck Atom's and they are selling the mural for $1800 to cover the cost of a new window.

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