Vandals smash, shatter windows at Canal Park restaurant

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AKRON, Ohio -- Chris Meyer says he was called to the restaurant he manages at Canal Park Sunday after as many as eight of the windows there were found shattered.

Glass from second story windows reportedly showered onto the sidewalk below.

Three more first story windows were also damaged.

Police say whatever shattered the windows was not fired from a gun since only the outer pane of the double-paned windows had been smashed.

While the Akron Rubber Ducks play at the ballpark, the property is maintained by the City of Akron, which will have to pay for the repairs.

With damage estimates already between $8,000 and $10,000 from the weekend, the vandals struck again overnight on Tuesday.

"I can't understand why someone would be so upset with a lovely facility like we have here and do something of that nature -- you know we promote family fun and for something like this to happen is unbelievable in our eyes," said Meyer.

Meyer says the windows were specially made for the ballpark of double-paned tempered glass with bronze inlays.

Police on Wednesday showed Fox 8 one of the ceramic marbles that was found at the scene and believed to have been shot from either a paintball gun or a slingshot.

"We found marbles laying out here on the sidewalk, we also found them across the street in front of the apartment building, they were laying outside on the sidewalk," said Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards.

The person responsible could be charged with a felony.

The area of South Main Street where the park is located is also home to numerous other restaurants, bars and apartment buildings.

Edwards says it was very busy through the weekend when the first of the damage was reported.

Police are looking over surveillance video from neighboring buildings to see if they can try to identify the people responsible.

In the meantime they hope someone who was downtown when the windows were shattered can also help.

"This isn't child's play anymore. This is somebody that's intentionally breaking the windows out of businesses in downtown Akron. Right now it's Canal Park, but it could spread somewhere else," said Edwards.

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