Caught on camera: at least five businesses hit by vandal in Downtown Fresno

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Caught on camera. Businesses in Downtown Fresno were vandalized early Tuesday morning and surveillance cameras show the suspect in action.

Police tell us they believe they have the vandalism suspect in custody. We know that at least five businesses were damaged by that vandal.

“He had his rock or whatever he uses to throw at the window in his pocket, so he picks it up once, twice, a total of five times,” said owner of Toshiko Ramen & Sushi Bar, Horace Steward.

Located on Fulton Street, the sushi spot was hit by the possible rock throwing vandal sometime after midnight on Tuesday.

“After it didn’t penetrate the window, he continues on down the road,” Steward said.
  
Two sushi restaurants, two coffee shops, and Valley PBS all woke up to damage.

“It’s hurtful because we go through a lot as small business owners to try to bring something nice to the downtown area,” Steward added.

Not far away, just before 1:30 a.m., the same man was captured on surveillance cameras at On a Roll Sushi on Van Ness Avenue.

You can see him throw something at the business. In another shot, he goes to pick up what’s believed to be his rock then he walks down the street as if nothing happened.

“It’s sad because we try to make a living and that happens,” said Owner of On a Roll Sushi, Ricardo Flores.

Three years ago, the same door was broken by a vandal at Flores’ restaurant. It cost him $500 to replace.

It’s also a hardship for Cornerstone coffee on Fulton. They also had their business vandalized not once but twice. On top of that, it’s a nonprofit.

“I was really heartbroken because we are here doing good for the community,” said Marina Kramer, Barista of Cornerstone Coffee.

But possibly taking the biggest loss on Tuesday, Fulton Street Coffee, forced to stay closed all day.

But the owner taking it in stride.

“I know everyone needs caffeine in the morning but you don’t want to have to walk through glass to get some coffee,” said Omar Vargas, Co-Owner of Fulton Street Coffee.

Valley PBS tells us that the suspect broke into their building and took an old phone system and a little bit of change.

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