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Dozens of Albany businesses looted during Saturday riot

Jill Konopka
Created: May 31, 2020 06:53 PM

City leaders in Albany and officials across the county are promising they will find looters and other violent demonstrators and hold them accountable.

Surveillance video from inside the Boost Mobile on Delaware Avenue Sunday morning showed looters break down the door and start ransacking the business. They snatched phones registers, and accessories. 

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The owner said he's now out of thousands of dollars.

One block away on Central Avenue, the same was done inside a second store with the same owner.

There was more destruction inside Shelia's Wines and Liquors.

"Half of my life's earning is gone. So please don't do it! Stay calm," said Harish Kumar of Shelia's Wines and Liquors. "I'm in turmoil, there's a huge damage. A lot of merchandise is stolen. My cash box is taken. Some personal cash from all the weekend sale is taken."

It's the aftermath in Albany after Saturday's peaceful protest ended, and within hours violence, fires and rioting outside Albany Police Department's South Station and South Pearl Street. Many people were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"Multiple officers struck by bricks and bottles," said Albany Police Deputy Chief Brian Hogan. "One officer went up to the hospital with a head injury."

Local leaders are now sending an important message.

"We will find you and I will work it out with the DA and sheriff on how we're gonna' prosecute you and come after you," said Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.


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