'It is heartbreaking': Cambridge pharmacy vandalized for the second time in two weeks
For the second time in two weeks, the Cambridge Medical Pharmacy on King Street East has been vandalized.
Waterloo Regional Police say they are investigating after a rock was thrown through the front window of a pharmacy sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Nimmit Vyas, the pharmacy's owner, said a bigger rock was thrown through the window this time.
"It is heartbreaking," he said. "It's scary that happened again."
He said there was already a hole patched in the window from the previous incident, and this rock was thrown through the same window above the patch.
“Last time it was a size of a golf ball. This time it was about the size of a fist,” said Vyas, adding the incidents were similar. “A very similar looking person, a very similar looking bicycle, very similar timeframe."
He said he was working in the pharmacy until 9:30 p.m., with the incident occuring around 11 p.m.
"This could’ve happened when I was here. So it’s a scary feeling,” said Vyas.
In a tweet posted Thursday, Cambridge mayor Kathryn McGarry confirmed it was the same business that was targeted by vandals last week.
Police said rocks with “messages and graphics with possible inferences to anti-vaccination” were thrown through the pharmacy’s front windows between Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.
A restaurant was also vandalized at that time.
"I'm very upset by what has happened," McGarry said. "There's a right way to protest and it's not by throwing rocks through your neighbours' windows."
Staff at the pharmacy have administered about 2,000 COVID-19 vaccinations so far this year.
Vyas said he still has to fix the damaged window is is considering adding bars for extra security.
“Going to get more tempered glass so that’s probably going to cost us about $2,000,” he said.
Each incident is being investigated separately, but police say they’re working to determine if they are related.
Investigators are looking to identify an individual last seen in the area at the time of the incident riding a bicycle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterloo Regional Police at 519-570-9777.