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Portland has faced several issues in recent months, and vandalism has been one of the biggest nuisances facing businesses.
According to the business owners, although they faced vandalism and break-ins, the problems only got worse.
Ragan VanSise, the owner of Ragan’s Boutique, got a call last Thursday.
Another business called to inform them that the front door of their store had been broken into.
VanSise is not the only victim of such crimes, as other companies have recently faced broken windows.
She is sure she will have to replace more than just windows.
“They got away with a whole bunch of denim, jewelry, and handbags,” said VanSise.
“It’s been rough. It’s been a rough week.”
Surveillance cameras caught a man wandering around the store not long after the raid.
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Meanwhile, Ragan VanSise has felt the exhaustion of crimes.
She said it was her dream to own such a boutique, but noted that the last few years in Portland have been difficult.
“I’m so tired of this, it’s wearing me down,” she admitted. “I feel sad.”
“I feel like giving up, and I never thought if I got a chance to do this I would give up.”
VanSise also revealed that she sees people using drugs and going through mental health crises on the streets around her store.
“I was born and raised here and it’s heartbreaking to me what’s happening – this is the worst it’s ever been,” she said.
“The city needs to figure out a way to help these people.”
Meanwhile, a cafe in North Portland faced similar issues.
Amanda Horne, the owner of Grindhouse Coffee, spoke to KOIN 6 News and said:
“We’ve been seeing a lot of break-ins and, unfortunately, a lot of vandalism. It’s unfortunate this is happening in Portland right now.”
Horne revealed that despite the addition of bars to the window and steel doors to prevent break-ins, someone still broke the stained glass.
She said she often responded to the vandalism, and at one point she found homeless men on the doorstep who were clearly on drugs.
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Even if Horne doesn’t try to take her personally, it’s hard to see beyond her damage, as her late grandfather made the stained glass windows for her.
Amanda Horne’s father was a stained glass artist and died in February of this year.
To help replace windows, Horne customers have opened a GoFundMe page.
As for the police help, Horne did not call the police.
“The vandalisms, I haven’t reported. The last break-in, the cops took four hours to get here,” she explained.
“I know that they’re sparse and they have more important things to do, which is exactly what they told me.”
“I do feel like we need more policing and our streets need to be cleaned up and people who are homeless need a better direction.”
‘It’s been rough’: Portland business owners exasperated over constant vandalism, break-ins