Businesses concerned after string of crimes on West 11th

Duer's ATA Martial Arts studio in Eugene is just one of the recent businesses that has fallen victim to vandals in the neighborhood.

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 6:31 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 8:08 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Rusty Duer says in his 16 years of owning Duer’s ATA Martial Arts studio on West 11th Avenue in Eugene, he's never had any problems, until this week. Now other business owners in the area are worried too.

 The owner of the Hair Studio two doors down said they were also vandalized.

Many business owners told KEZI 9 News they think the problems are getting worse because the people that were living on Highway 99 have relocated to Garfield, which is just down the street.

Duer said he went into work Thursday morning to find the windows of his studio filled with holes and cracks. He said his company van was vandalized too.

Duer said the damage is going to cost a few thousand dollars, which hits his small business hard.

"We don’t have a large fund to pay for these additional expenses, so when it happens it hurts,” owner Katrina Jensen said.

However, Duer said the support he has gotten ever since it happened has made him realize just how close the people who go there really are.

KEZI reached out to Eugene Police to see if there has been an upward trend in crimes at that specific area, but at this time we have not received a response. 

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