Rockland store's windows smeared with feces, reward offered
Rockland — A Rockland storeowner is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of whoever smeared feces on the front windows of his business in the early morning hours of Oct. 14.
George Holmes, owner of By George Jewelers on Main Street, received a call from police in the early morning hours Oct. 14. He said whoever had committed the act had done it with such force that they set off alarms meant to respond to breakage or heavy vibration.
An initial award of $1,000 offered on the By George Jewelers Inc. Facebook page was raised to $2,000 when an employee offered to match Holmes’ contribution.
Holmes said he did not know who might have smeared the feces, but suspects “someone with some cowardly resentment toward me chose to sneak up in the middle of the night,” rather than meet with him face to face.
“I felt that it was really hatefully motivated,” he said, while also allowing that it could have been a random act of vandalism.
He said police were reviewing surveillance footage near the scene, and that he had discussed installing more surveillance cameras on the block with other nearby business owners.
“I’ve been here for 35 years, and everybody on Main Street has suffered something,” he said, speculating that such vandalism was usually perpetrated by drunk passersby.
“This kind of strikes me as the tone we have in the country today,” Holmes said. “It’s kind of sad.”
Reporter Dan Otis Smith can be reached at 594-4401 x123 or by email at email@example.com.
Dan Otis Smith joined The Courier-Gazette in 2016. He covers the towns of Thomaston, St. George, Cushing, and the Knox County Commission.
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