Police look into damage to downtown storefronts

Officers identify 37 buildings with holes in their storefront windows, though some damage may be from previous incidents

Hannah Grover
Farmington Police Officer Greg Ericksen checks on Thursday to see whether a business in downtown Farmington was damaged overnight.

FARMINGTON — After receiving a report early Thursday morning that a downtown business' window had been shattered, Farmington police are investigating to see how many other nearby businesses may have been targeted.

Police say it appears the windows were shot by a BB gun. No suspects have been arrested.

Police have identified 37 buildings in the area with holes in their storefront windows, but some of that damage may be from previous incidents, according to police.

Officers spoke with business owners on Thursday to determine which buildings may have been targeted recently, said Georgette Allen, a spokeswoman for the Farmington Police Department.

Allen said owners of at least a dozen businesses have told police the holes are old.

Police received a call shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday about a shattered window at The Daily Times, 203 W. Main St. Police then found evidence that other nearby businesses had also been shot, according to a police press release.

The affected businesses were located between Auburn and Orchard avenues on Main Street, Allen said. Businesses on West Broadway Avenue, West Piñon Street, West Animas Street, Orchard Avenue and West Elm Street also had damaged windows, according to the press release.

Shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday, the owners of Totah Theater at 315 W. Main St. received a call from police alerting them about possible damage to the historic building, said Tara Churchill, whose family owns the business.

A small hole was visible in a front window of the business on Thursday, but that hole is about 10 years ago, Churchill said. She said her family has not replaced the window because the hole is small and has not caused the glass to crack.

Farmington Police Department Officers Martin Olsen, left, and Bryant Cox check for damage to buildings along Main Street in Farmington on Thursday.

Other businesses, however, reported that they had new damage to their buildings.

Jeanette Vigil, owner of Jae-Geo's Bridal & Tuxedo at 302 W. Main St., said she received a phone call from police early Thursday informing her that the business' window had been shot.

"I was really surprised," she said.

Vigil said the business has been housed in its current location for 18 years. When it first opened on Main Street, she said broken windows were common.

"It had been so many years since anything like that had happened," she said on Thursday.

Vigil inspected her window and found two small holes, neither of which had managed to penetrate the glass. She said she was relieved the window had not shattered and damaged inventory inside the business. When the business' windows had previously been broken, glass cut some of the dresses on display, she said.

"When the glass breaks, so much damage happens," she said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

A hole at Jae-Geo's Bridal and Tuxedo in downtown Farmington is seen on Thursday.