Local church, home, businesses vandalized with rocks multiple times

1 month 1 day 15 hours ago Thursday, September 21 2017 Sep 21, 2017 Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:11:00 PM CDT September 21, 2017 in News
By: Amber Sipe, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – An unknown man threw rocks through a funeral home’s vehicle and building windows on Wednesday around 4 a.m, according to funeral home owner Thomas May.

About 30 minutes later that same morning, JT’s Cutz Barber Shop had twelve windows broken by rocks.

Around 10 a.m. that morning, May’s neighbor also had windows broken, one of them being in the bedroom of her young daughter.

On August 31, a churchgoer also discovered St. Paul A.M.E. Church had two windows broken in the middle of the night.

“I really don’t understand people like this. It frustrates me as a business owner that people would attack this place. Not only is it a funeral home, we also have a church that has services here,” May said. 

The owner of the barber shop, Maurice Strickland and May think the person throwing the rocks has been the same in every incident. They said the rocks found at the scene of each incident have been almost identical.  

This is the fourth time H.T. May and Son Funeral Home has had windows broken. The first incident was August 29 when one front window was broken and then replaced within a day.

When May returned to his funeral home Wednesday, September 13, he found another broken window. Then, Saturday, September 16, May and his wife, Jennifer, found the same window broken. Each time it was broken, he replaced the window within a day.

According to May, after Saturday’s incident, he replaced that window’s glass with stronger, less breakable glass. He said when the man discovered he could not break it, he caused more damage.

H.T. May and Son Funeral Home has had seven building windows broken in total. Wednesday’s incident also included four company van windows. 

The cost to fix the windows alone was over $1,500.

“We don’t know if they’re escalating, they might be doing something worse the next time,” May said.

Jennifer May posted a video of the man attempting to break the front window on Wednesday morning to Facebook. Thomas May said, “We already have over 5000 views in less than a day." 

“They have no consideration for people going through a mourning period,” May said. “That individual cares nothing for other people.”

JT’s Cutz had its windows broken twice before Wednesday’s incident, all within the last 10 days. The first time, the back door was shattered. The second time, the front door was shattered. On Wednesday, the damage went up to twelve windows.

“It’s irritating,” Strickland said. “It makes it ugly, people think something different is going on in here.”

Strickland said he is also frustrated with the expense. He said he has an estimated $1,500 in damages.

He has increased security, adding four more cameras around the building.

He said the person throwing rocks has never taken anything from the barber shop so, “What do you get out of it?”

“We don’t want anyone’s safety to be compromised because we don’t know what these people will do,” May said.

May, Strickland, May’s neighbor and a church official all filed police reports after every incident. The investigation is ongoing.

“We refused to be intimidated by that. We’re going to stay here. We’re going to be here. We have people rallying around not only us, but each other,” May said.

More News

Grid
List
GLASGOW - Chief of Police and City Administrator Kevin Atwood has been suspended with pay for 30 days. This came... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 6:36:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
FT. LEONARD WOOD - A program that brought more than 150 Afghan soldiers to the United States to train currently... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 4:59:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two men, who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in May, were sentenced in federal court Monday.... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 4:04:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – As temperatures begin to cool, it is time for people to prepare their homes for winter. Boone County... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 3:48:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County Sheriff's Office is warning of a scam similar to one that has popped up... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 3:05:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
ELLINGTON (AP) — An 86-year-old southeast Missouri man has died, days after a gunman killed his wife. The Missouri... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 2:23:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Two separate crashes on Highway 63 North slowed traffic Monday morning between the Stadium Blvd. and Broadway exits.... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 2:12:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Voters in St. Louis will soon be asked to weigh in on a half-cent sales tax... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 1:32:15 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are asking the public to help find a teenager who reportedly ran away and may be trying... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 12:50:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The average American adult spends 2 hours, 51 minutes on their smartphone every day, according to comScore’s 2017... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 12:49:00 PM CDT October 23, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA- The Columbia Police Department reports it has received 655 calls of car burglaries in 2017. That is 207 more... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 11:56:00 AM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Human Rights Campaign annually releases an evaluation of municipalities across the country rating their effectiveness in... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 11:54:00 AM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia police officers' union criticized City Manager Mike Matthes' office Monday for testifying on behalf of a... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 10:48:00 AM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A report obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers insight into why the city's Civil Service... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 10:13:00 AM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Sunday afternoon after he allegedly set the porch of a home on fire. ... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 9:52:00 AM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a home invasion which happened early Monday morning. Authorities said a... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 9:38:00 AM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Authorities say officers have shot and killed a woman who pulled out a gun and fired... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 9:20:52 AM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Missouri State Public Defender's Office in Springfield says it's too busy to handle several cases, including... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, October 23 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Monday, October 23, 2017 9:12:44 AM CDT October 23, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 58°
8pm 57°
9pm 54°
10pm 52°
11pm 51°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
The Brave
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Valor
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
The Brave
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Valor
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld