BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — Bristol police are searching for whoever vandalized two businesses. One of the break-ins was caught on camera.
The owner of a popular ice cream shop in Bristol is still cleaning up the mess that the vandal left behind.
On Thursday, Dunphy’s Ice Cream, located on Stafford Avenue, shared the news on Facebook that the shop was vandalized. A Chinese restaurant was also targeted.
Surveillance video shows the suspect using a crowbar to get at the ice cream shop’s cash register, stealing $300 in cash.
Images show the extensive damage and a knife on the ground. The manager believes the knife was used to cut the cord of the heater.
Outside of Dunphy’s, surveillance video around 2 a.m. on Thursday shows someone in all black wearing a ski mask, taking cover behind a dumpster.
“I tried to think, my wife and I racking our brain, did we upset anyone, but we think it’s a random act,” said Kevin Fuller, who has owned the ice cream shop for 13 years.
“Every one of these doors was open, and he pulled everything out of them, and he actually stood on them. There were footprints on them,” Fuller said. “He opened all these doors and put stuff in front of them, so everything got warm.”
All of their ice creams were ruined.
Fuller says the community has been very supportive, even sending in donations. They plan to reopen on Saturday.
Dunphy’s, which has been in business for over 20 years, is a community-favorite shop.