About 8 downtown Milwaukee businesses affected by vandalism early Monday morning

NOW: About 8 downtown Milwaukee businesses affected by vandalism early Monday morning

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Early Monday morning, several downtown Milwaukee businesses were vandalized, windows shattered and boarded up.

Surveillance footage from the Subway Café on Plankinton and Wisconsin Avenue shows the moment an individual threw an object that shattered one of the windows of the sandwich shop.

"I don't know why they are vandalizing like that in this area," said Harry Pandejee, manager at Subway.

According to the Milwaukee Police Department, about eight businesses were vandalized Monday morning. They responded to a call a little after 3 a.m. to a property damage complaint on Wisconsin Avenue and 2nd Street. A 26-year-old male was arrested and is awaiting charges.

It left many employees having to clean up the mess. CBS 58 caught a Potbelly employee cleaning up the shards of glass in the morning. She told us they had to push back opening time by an hour and a half to finish cleaning.

One man who was part of the cleanup crew at the former Grand Avenue Mall said it took his colleagues about six hours to clean up and board up windows.

"I got a call this morning about broken glass throughout the building, so we had another associate of mine come here and start cleaning up and working with the board-up crew this morning," said Rick Ball, who is part of the cleanup crew at Hempel Industries.

Some of the businesses that were vandalized include T.J Maxx, Foot Locker, Subway, the Bradley Symphony Center and the Walgreens on Wisconsin Avenue.

The 26-year-old man arrested has not been identified since he has not been charged yet. Charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office in the coming days.


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