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Chico business owners speak out on increase of vandalism

Business owners are frustrated and tired of the vandalism in downtown Chico, the latest victim is one of the city's oldest businesses.

Posted: Feb 7, 2020 9:10 AM
Updated: Feb 7, 2020 9:19 AM

CHICO, Calif. – Business owners are frustrated and tired of the vandalism in downtown Chico, the latest victim is one of the city’s oldest businesses, Collier Hardware, was targeted.

The glass on the front two doors of Collier Hardware was smashed, and bins outside the business were kicked over.

Owner of Collier Hardware, Syl Lucena said he fixed the glass on Thursday morning. It’s not the first time for vandalism in that area, and he said the other businesses around Chico are fed up.

“With windows that are open it’s easy to slam them with a fist, or we think he may have kicked it with his foot, but he did not come into our store with the best of our knowledge,” Lucena said.

A picture circulated on social media of Colliers Hardware front doors busted wide open around 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Chico police arrested the suspect, Michael Zillyette.

Business owners said crimes like this seem to be happening more often.

Owner of Om Foods, Amanda Bossheart said the increase of these crimes is scary.

“I know there are issues with downtown Chico and people not coming down here because of violent acts by homeless people and people on bad drugs,” Bossheart said. “So there is an issue of having to always look over my shoulder and being worried about my company being vandalized in the future.”

An employee at Beach Hut Deli, Paige Irwin said a lot of the business' are becoming more cautious.

“It’s really scary because we [Beach Hut Deli] have a lot of windows and there are mostly girls working here, it would be really scary to happen,” Paige Irwin said. “I hope something is done to prevent that because it’s been happening around this street.”

Zillyette is on bail for $15,000 and charged for vandalism and damage property.

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