NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Store owner Yanki Klein was standing behind the counter at the Gourmet Butcher Shop when two teens ran inside, and knocked over boxes of food and shelves. At least twenty more teens were crowded outside.
“They screamed, they yelled, they made noise, whatever,” Klein told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider.
The violent vandalism happened in a matter of seconds around 9 p.m. on Saturday. Klein had opened his store a few hours earlier after being closed for the Jewish holiday Sukkot.
One of Klein’s customers grabbed a broom and prepared to fight the teens, before the mob ran away.
When the teens stormed inside, they not only ransacked the store, but also allegedly assaulted the owner’s 23-year-old brother.
“We filed a report, and they said they’re gong to look for these kids,” he said.
So far authorities haven’t had any luck in nabbing a suspect.
“I think we probably need more community centers and things like that to give kids something to do. Because they’re idle, and when they’re idle like that and they get together in groups they cause problems,” Saundra Adams said.
Police are investigating the incident, but said that it has not been considered a bias crime.
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