March 24, 2009
What To Do In A Bad Economy? Glass Shop Owner Charged With Breaking Customer’s Windows To Create Glass Repair Orders
Sacramento, California (The Weekly Vice) -- So what do you do when you're the owner of a glass company in the middle of a recession?
1. Lower prices
2. Advertise for new business
3. Get a sling shot and begin busting out windows.
Well you know the answer, and that's exactly what police say 47-year-old Andrew Krogh Did.
Police say Krogh, who owns AA Glass and Mirror, was arrested Tuesday morning with a slingshot and ball-bearings in his possession. He was also captured while driving a white van resembling the one caught on surveillance video each time the windows of a martial arts school were repeatedly shattered.
Brian Seeley, who owns a building which houses the studio, said he's spent $12,000 over the last half-year replacing over a dozen windows which were mysteriously shattered. After the first window was broken, Krogh reportedly approached him with an offer to replace the window.
The mystery of the white van was reportedly solved when martial arts students from the school began staking out the building in hopes of catching the perp. in the act. On the third night of the stake-out, the same white van stopped and then made a U-Turn in front of the building. Both deputies and martial arts students helped secure the arrest.
Seeley also told investigators that he owns a company that sells surveillance equipment. Each time a window was shattered at the business, a white van was captured driving by. Kogh was also in on those repairs, Seeley said.
Another business, Total Beauty Experience, had a similar experience. Owner Debbie McCain told investigators that Krogh approached her about glass replacement a day after the front door of the shop was shattered late last year. She has since had two additional incidents where windows to her shop were shot out. Krogh handled the repair order each time.
As if that wasn't enough, yet another business owner, Pam Lassiter of Quality Business Machines, had the same experience. A broken window was followed up by Krogh, who was all to happy to "make her a deal" on glass repairs.
Despite the large number of incidents, Krogh currently faces just six counts of felony vandalism, according to Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sgt. Tim Curran. Krogh has denied any involvement in the crimes.
The Weekly Vice
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