ROCKINGHAM — Police believe three windows damaged on two consecutive days at Cato Fashions were shot with a BB gun or pellet gun.
Rockingham police say they received a call around 12:04 p.m. on Monday from an employee at the women’s clothing store regarding a busted window.
Tracey Goodwin said she was the only employee in the store at the time and was at the counter processing a layaway. She said there were two customers inside when she heard a loud noise toward the front of the store.
“I never heard a gunshot,” she said. “It happened so fast.”
“In my mind, it sounded like one of our jewelry racks had turned over,” she added, but Goodwin knew there were no racks up front.
When Goodwin walked toward the front of the store, she noticed the window on the far right — looking from the inside — was shattered.
Capt. Eddie Grant of the Rockingham Police Department said it “appears it may have been shot” with a BB gun or pellet gun.
“I just thank God nobody got hurt,” Goodwin said. “If it had been a real gun, it would’ve done more damage.”
Two other windows had been damaged the previous day — one next to the now-boarded window, another on the side of the building.
Goodwin said she thinks they may have been cracked Saturday night into Sunday morning. The damage was discovered Sunday as another employee was opening the store.
Those windows are mostly intact, with small fractures where they were struck.
Goodwin said a glass repairman told them it will cost $900 to replace all three windows.
Both cases are still under investigation and there are currently no suspects in either incident, Grant said.
Goodwin said she can’t think of any reason anyone would want to damage the store; no irate customers or angry boyfriends.
“I think it’s just teenagers with nothing better to do,” Goodwin said. “It’s kinda like we’re just target practice.”
Goodwin thinks her store was targeted because it sits at the end of the strip and has a side road making for an easy getaway. She said no other stores in the strip have sustained damage.
Grant said there have been 13 incident reports from the store since 2002, but most of them have been larceny cases.
Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.