Vandals throw chairs through car windows in Seminole Heights

Crystal Clark reports

- Three cars in Seminole Heights were vandalized over the weekend. Someone smashed lawn chairs through the back windows of two vehicles and left a deep dent in another.  Ironically, the crime occurred on the same block as the "Angry Chair Brewery."

"I feel really bad for the people that it actually occurred to, but it just stinks that it was on our street and we get affiliated with it," said Ryan Dowdle, owner of Angry Chair Brewing.

Dowdle said his brewery typically closes around midnight. There is no outdoor seating.  So, the chairs didn't come from the brewery. 

"All seating is inside, and most of it is secured to the floor, so you can't even take a chair out of here," said Dowdle.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said the Volkswagen he shares with his girlfriend was one of the cars damaged.

He said according to a witness, three men were seen arguing and fighting outside of his home on Fern Street around 3 a.m. Sunday.

"One chair came from our front yard, and the other came off my neighbors porch," explained the man.

He said after he and his neighbors found the damage, they called Tampa Police to file a report.

He said he has no idea why someone would throw a chair through his car window, but if it was a joke, it was not funny.

"It's horrible, because that's our hard work and money that's going into now having to get fixed," he said.

The victim expects the damaged window to cost more than $300 to repair. He said one of his neighbors could have to pay thousands of dollars to fix her vehicle, because it is new and just recently insured.

 

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