One of four front windows at the Backstage Cafe in Hoquiam was found broken early Friday morning, the manager and police reported.
The large window was apparently broken by a chunk of formed concrete used to prop the door open, Manager Keith Crovisier said. He found the broken window when he opened up at 4:30 a.m.
Owner Luis Mestas said he was working on paperwork at the cafe until 9 or 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, so the incident must have occurred after he left. The oblong chunk of concrete, which measures about 6 inches by 5 inches by 4 inches in size was probably left lying outside on the sidewalk, Crovisier said.
“It could easily be a crime of opportunity,” said Hoquiam Chief of Police Jeff Myers.
“Somebody was out having a bad time,” Crovisier said, noting that a Hoquiam police officer told him he did not see any damage when patrolling the area around 2 a.m.
There have been a couple of windows broken in downtown Hoquiam lately. Earlier in July, a brick was thrown through the window of the 7th Street Theatre’s business office.
The cafe window will be replaced with safety glass when it arrives next week.
The dining area was closed Friday morning for repairs, but open for delivery service. Crovisier said he hoped to open the dining area by afternoon. The cafe is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m until 4 p.m. The cafe is on J Street near the corner of 7th Street.