Vandals target local businesses

Photo by Emily Baker A window in the front of Pope Lumber Company was shattered when would-be-robbers threw a rock through it. The impact immediately set off the security system, signaling police to respond.
Photo by Emily Baker
A window in the front of Pope Lumber Company was shattered when would-be-robbers threw a rock through it. The impact immediately set off the security system, signaling police to respond.

A series of attempted break-ins occurred early Friday morning to various businesses throughout Barbourville. Pope Lumber and Bowling Family Pharmacy were among the victims. The incidents were all reported around 3-4 a.m.

“On the security camera footage we saw someone throw a brick at our front door from a vehicle,” said Kristen Bowling, Co-owner of Bowling Family Pharmacy, “they didn’t even get out of the car.”

Fortunately, only minimum damage was sustained to the pharmacy door.

“You can see on the bottom where the brick hit, but it didn’t actually break the glass,” continued Bowling. “The alarm was immediately set off and police were here within minutes,”

Pope Lumber Company also confirmed damages sustained around the same time.

“Our alarm was triggered when someone threw a rock through our window,” explained James Russell Pope of Pope Lumber. “Inside, police found a rock and a piece of cloth. Hopefully the police will be able to get fingerprints.:”

Both business owners remained positive and resilient in the wake of the events.

“This wasn’t the first time we’ve experienced this and it won’t be the last,” said Pope. “This is just part of owning a business.”