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A SENSELESS string of vandalism incidents yesterday involving five businesses north of the former Wodonga railway line left High Street littered with shards of glass.
The attack left the business owners frustrated and with hefty bills to replace smashed windows.
One owner, Steven Hobbs, of Hobbs Mowers, said he would install security cameras after the second vandalism attack on his premises in four months.
“I replaced this window four months ago. Glass this size is expensive,” Mr Hobbs said.
“It’s just senseless vandalism.
“I will be putting cameras in — you don’t want people to get away with it.”
Police said the vandals had struck some time between Monday night and early yesterday.
The owners of Cavalier Homes further up the street also have to replace a window after moving into their office just six weeks ago.
“It’s double glazed — they must have been strong to break this window,” office manager Lisa Paddle said.
“Our concern is for the glass on the couches — they will need to be thoroughly cleaned.”
Windows were also broken at Erotic Nights, Real Thai Kitchen Restaurant and Tristar Medical Group, located closer to the former railway line.
A Tristar spokeswoman said the damage was frustrating.
“I have been making phone calls all morning, it’s a big time waster,” she said.
“We have also had trouble out the back in the car park.
“People have been dumping rubbish and have even knocked over our large sign.”
Real Thai Kitchen owner Chan Phoprasert said the vandalism was an expensive inconvenience.
“I have to clean up before customers come in,” he said.
“It’s such an inconvenience and it’s going to cost $2600.”
There was a break-in at Mr Phoprasert’s business just last week when $400 was stolen.
Detective Sen-Constable Justin Foots said police had not been found anything the vandals could have used to break the windows, despite walking the length of High Street.
“We believe the windows have been kicked in, most likely by juveniles,” he said.
“We are seeking information from the public on this.”
Police will also view closed-circuit television footage from Erotic Nights.
Anyone with information should phone police on (02) 6049 2600.