McHENRY – The Pink Door Thrift Shop is closed due to water damage caused by vandalism to the building's roof, the property owner said.
The damage was reported to police on April 9 by the property owner, Deputy Police Chief John Birk said.
It appears that someone had been on the roof cutting slits in the rubber lining the roof, Birk said. The damage had been discovered because it had caused the roof to leak during the heavy rains last week.
Two of the businesses in the strip mall, the Pink Door Thrift Shop and Frontier Chiropractic Services, sustained damage, he said.
The damage is estimated at $50,000, not including the merchandise that the volunteers who run the Pink Door – the proceeds benefit Centegra Hospital-McHenry – had to throw away, said the building's owner, Ron Bykowski.
"It was just unbelievable," he said. "You can see if it’s a natural disaster, … but this was just due to vandalism."
The incident is under investigation, and the department does have a few leads and is waiting for lab results to come back, Birk said, adding that there should be progress made in a week or a two.
The Pink Door should also see some progress soon, Bykowski said. The rehab work is moving along "quite well" and he estimates that the store could be reopened within 10 days.
The damage to Frontier Chiropractic Services did not force it to close.