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Vandalism in Indianapolis on The Rise: Days-Old Grocery Store Hit

Katz: Don't Destroy; Build

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The far east side has been in dire need of a healthy grocery store, and one opened about a week ago.

Since then, it's been hit twice by vandals. 

Last week, someone broke the glass of a window.

This week, someone did the same to the front door to A & I Variety Meats and Produce, which on Tuesday still had its grand opening sign up at East 38th Street and North Post Road. 

"Very frustrating. To come in and see something like this. And like you said, just trying to do something nice and positive for the community," said Robert Hearst, who owns the store with his wife. 

Hearst said they are looking for the community to help with donations for the damage.

WIBC host Tony Katz commented on the increased incidents of vandalism in Indianapolis, urging his listeners to invest in their community rather than tear it down: 


"If you want a neighborhood worthy of living in, you have to decide that you are somebody worthy of living in that neighborhood. 

This guy built a business where people said, 'You can't build a business here' and he said, 'Watch me.'

The neighborhood is proving the naysayers right!

I want to see the city grow; I want to see things built, and we can't do that if we're going to permit the financial destruction of those who are investing in our community."

Click below to hear Tony's full commentary:

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