PORTLAND, Ore. -- Dozens of black-clad vandals trashed a military recruiting station, a Starbucks and threw garbage into Northeast Broadway Monday night.
Portland Police said the large group was dressed in black clothing and was throwing rocks just before 10 p.m.
Windows of the Starbucks on NE 15th and Broadway were smashed out and the front glass door of the recruiter's office across the street was also shattered. Investigators said the suspects also broke in and spread garbage around the building.
I understand people want to get a point across, but there are better ways to do it, said Chris Canary who works nearby. They can be less destructive to people who have nothing to do with the issues they're fighting, he added.
Witnesses told officers that a bench was destroyed and trash bins were rolled out into traffic in the mayhem. There were no reports of injuries.
Vandalism doesn't get a point across at all, said Sean Cemplin.
No suspects have been identified.
Officers called the crimes and other similar disturbances in Portland the work of anarchists and said they expected morevandalism in the weeks leading up to May Day.
We want to make sure we protect businesses and property and make sure people in downtown Portland can continue whatever business and shopping, said Detective Mary Wheat of the Portland Police Bureau.
Earlier this month, investigators found graffiti and shattered windows on the side of the Multnomah County Department of Corrections Building on SE 10th Avenue.