September 19 – A 39-year-old man was charged Sunday with burglary, theft and criminal mischief after he allegedly broke into several businesses in Portland’s Monument Square, police said.
Jimmy Burnett smashed windows and other items to enter David’s Restaurant and The Lady In The Moon, a boutique, according to Portland Police. He faces three counts of criminal mischief and one count each of the other two offenses.
Officers responded to reports of vandalism at around 6:10 a.m. Sunday morning and discovered that several businesses had damaged storefronts, including broken windows, department spokesman David Singer said. The Lady in the Moon had a large broken hole in a window, and other companies had knocked over and damaged outdoor tables and chairs, photos from the scene show.
David Turin, owner of David’s Restaurant, said his business would need to replace two $ 2,500 tempered glass windows and damaged tables and chairs. But he said he considered the incident a “tragedy” because he had heard that Burnett was suffering from a mental health crisis.
“It’s a real shame,” said Turin. “I can’t even imagine the indignity and trauma of someone going through this stuff.”
Turin said Monument Square had seen a number of similar incidents during the pandemic, which put pressure on mental health services and services for the homeless, some of whom congregate in Monument Square.
“It’s that kind of crescendo of difficulty going on,” he said.