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Vandalism - Rock Thrown at H&R Block, Breaking Glass

Photos taken: Sunday, September 5, 2010
Nancy J Conrad  
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Upham's Corner's H&R Block suffered at the hands of vandals sometime on Sunday, September 5, 2010. One of the front windows (562 Columbia Rd) had a gaping hole in it. Broken glass was strewn over the areas close by, both inside and out.

It was clear a heavy object had been used to break the glass. And there, looking "guilty" on the rug, was a substantial rock.  

The glass looked too dangerous to crawl through and there didn't appear to be any entry into the building. We called the police and left.

Later we spoke with a police officer parked at the scene.  He had called the H&R Block corporate office and was still waiting for the board crew to show up.

Apparently, H&R Corporate was having trouble figuring out what to do. "They don't seem to have a protocol in place," the officer said, "to handle a situation like this."

In short order the broken glass was replaced. Now the storefront looks "like new" except for one small detail. They cleaned up the glass but left the rock exactly where it had landed. (see photos)

Something didn't seem right. You generally discover vandalism in the morning. This was already a Sunday evening.
  • If it happened last night, why did it take so long for somebody to find it?
  • It happened sometime during the day, why didn't somebody hear it and report it?
Most likely it did occur during the night and for a variety of reasons nobody noticed it or they just didn't want to get involved. The location of the glass breakage makes it a little difficult to see.
  • A break in the side panel  can't be seen from the front unless you are really looking for something.
  • If you are walking towards Bird St, you'll never see the broken glass.
  • Walking in the other direction - you might see the broken glass unless you're deep in thought.

Still 12 hours is a long time.

Why would someone want to harm H&R Block? 
A passerby suggested the "bad tax return" theory, and we all laughed.

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