Penticton’s Black Petal Tattoo is remaining open after the business’ windows were smashed in the early morning hours Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Manager Brooke Cederholme said she was shocked at the sudden vandalism and there’d been no signs it would be coming; it hadn’t happened to other buildings in the area.
“Somebody just came up with a backpack full of rocks and just decided to throw them through all of my windows,” said Cederholme. “They didn’t even try to enter, they just came, threw a bunch of rocks, and left in the span of under a minute.”
“We want to spread the word to get any information, and I’m not sure if this has maybe happened to another business, if it has I encourage them to reach out.”
In a video posted to the tattoo shop’s social media accounts, two individuals can be seen approaching the front of the business before the rocks are thrown. Only one of the individuals was successful in vandalizing the business.
Cederholme said Black Petal Tattoo is one of the only storefronts in the area, other than the shops near the Riverside area.
“Mainly down where we are is restaurants and hotels,” said Cederholme. “Maybe our windows looked tempting, like we have a lot, but other than that I don’t know why we’d be targeted. It baffles me.”
The vandalism isn’t stopping Black Petal, however. The business has the support of its customers and the community as it keeps its doors open for business.
The shop’s windows have been boarded up until glass can be replaced.
“We do have a household artist, maybe if we have a few hours we’ll jazz it up,” said Cederholme. “We kind of put the video out there also to let our clients know that if they come up to the shop we’re still open and fully functional.”
The RCMP is investigating the vandalism.
Anyone with information that could help identify the individuals in Black Petal’s video is asked to contact police by calling the non-emergency line at 250-492-4300.
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