The Owensboro St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store was vandalized in the early morning hours Saturday.
St. Vincent de Paul CEO Richard Remp-Morris, said he was notified by the store manager as he was driving into work around 5 a.m., he noticed all of the front windows had been shot out.
Remp-Morris notified the Owensboro Police Department who cleared the building to ensure there were no perpetrators.
The building has an alarm system and motion sensors, but they were not triggered.
Although evidence was found, the investigation is ongoing, so OPD and Remp-Morris are not commenting at this time. St. Vincent de Paul did post the following, along with photos, on their Facebook page:
“The Owensboro St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is closed today due to vandalism that occurred overnight. The windows on the 18th Street side were shot out. There is insurance but there is a high deductible. If you’d like to donate to help with the deductible, message me or drop by the store and give your donation to the cashier. It saddens us that someone would do this. We pray for those who did this! Thank you for your support!”
Remp-Morris said there was no other vandalism and there appears to be no theft within the store.
Kentucky Mirror and Plate Glass worked throughout the day Saturday to board up the windows. The store is always closed on Sunday, and they plan to be open Monday.
Remp-Morris said because the organization is a nonprofit, they do not have the funds to pay the insurance deductible, but he is most upset because front windows recently had a makeover, which was donated by Kurtz Auction and Realty.
“We were so proud. They looked so nice,” Remp-Morris said.
Monetary donations will be accepted beginning Monday.
“We hope the community helps support us,” Remp-Morris said. “We need it more now than ever.”