UPDATED 2:45 p.m. MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020
The City of Carbondale says nine businesses were damaged overnight.
The city says police are investigating property damage at University Mall, JC Penny's, Game Stop, Old Navy, Hibbett Sports, The Finish Line, Main Street Liquors and Tobacco, Blue Fish Liquors and Sally Beauty Supply.
In a statement Monday, city leaders thanked those who had gathered peacefully earlier Sunday night and said vandalism and burglary would not be accepted.
The city's statement is below:
The City of Carbondale would like to thank those who gathered Sunday for a candlelight vigil at Turley Park honoring the life of George Floyd. We would also like to express appreciation to the protestors who peacefully marched downtown following the vigil. We understand your frustrations and feel them too. The City of Carbondale stands with you in sadness and solidarity.
Unfortunately, following an evening of peace, several suspects vandalized multiple Carbondale businesses. The City’s police department will investigate the damage to property at nine businesses, including several in the University Mall.
The City is committed to serving the people of Carbondale in a fair, equitable, and respectful manner but cannot accept vandalism and burglary, or acts of violence that compromise the safety of our community.
We ask all of our residents to remain calm during this chaotic time. We understand citizens’ need to demonstrate but encourage everyone to do so responsibly and peacefully.
UPDATED: 1:15 p.m. MONDAY JUNE 1, 2020
CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Officers have released a detailed account of business break-ins throughout the city Sunday night and Monday morning.
10:52 p.m. Officers responded to alarms from businesses inside the University Mall located at 1237 East Main Street.
As officers were arriving, several vehicles were seen leaving from the south side of the parking lot near JC Penny’s. Officers discovered suspects forced entry to and stole property from JC Penny’s, Game Stop, Old Navy and the Finish Line.
11:38 p.m. Officers responded to Main Street Liquors and Tobacco at 600 East Main Street in reference to an alarm.
Officers arrived and found the business broken into and property stolen. It was discovered there had been 5 to 6 suspects who were described as wearing hooded sweat shirts, masks and gloves.
12:34 a.m. (Monday) Officers responded to an alarm at Blue Fish liquors 2335 Sweets Drive in reference to a report of seven suspects inside the store stealing property.
Officers arrived and found the business had been broken into and property stolen. The suspects were described as being both males and females.
3:28 a.m. Officers responded to Sally’s Beauty Supply, located at 1352 East Main Street in reference to an alarm.
Officers arrived and found the business had been broken into and property stolen.
CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Vandals busted out windows and trashed several businesses in Carbondale.
Carbondale Police are investigating after vandals destroy storefronts around and inside University Mall and other Carbondale businesses including Sally Beauty Supply.
Authorities have not released many details but tell News 3 This Morning, the vandalism happened after the peaceful vigil and protest held on Glenview Drive, Sunday night. They have not connected the march with the break-ins and say the march and vigil happened in a different part of town.
We will have more information on this story as it becomes available.