Two Morristown businesses damaged; police seeking clues

Police believe a BB-type projectile caused this damage to the Roots Steakhouse window, April 12, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Police believe a BB-type projectile caused this damage to the Roots Steakhouse window, April 12, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Windows of a restaurant and a store were damaged by “BB-type” projectiles on Thursday night, according to Morristown police.

Shattered window, right, at Roots Steakhouse in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Shattered window, right, at Roots Steakhouse in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Nobody was injured at Roots Steakhouse on South Street or at the T-Mobile store on Morris Street.

Both establishments were closed at the time, although some employees still were inside at Roots when the 10:48 pm incident occurred, reported Lt. Stuart Greer.

“Police Officers were stationed a few hundred feet away at the time and immediately responded to conduct an investigation.

“On arrival, employees advised that they were inside the business when they heard a loud popping sound and noted a crack in the front window,” Greer reported.

At approximately 10:57 pm, police received an alarm activation from the T-Mobile Store.

Window panel, right, is missing at Morristown T-Mobile store after criminal vandalism. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Window panel, right, is missing at Morristown T-Mobile store after criminal vandalism. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“Upon arrival, officers determined that a front window of the business had been broken and noted that a small projectile appeared to have penetrated the glass and struck a display case. A second impact point was noted on the outside of the business,” Greer said.

Morristown detectives were assisted by the crime scene unit of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

“As a result of the investigation, it appears that both businesses were struck by a ‘BB’ type projectile,” Greer said.

A similar incident was reported at Roots a few years ago.

Morristown Police (973-538-2200) are requesting help from anyone who saw anything suspicious or has information about these matters. Tips also can be made to Morris County Crimestoppers at 973-COP-CALL (973-267-2255).

View through missing window at T-Mobile store in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
View through missing window at T-Mobile store in Morristown. Police believe someone shot it with a ‘BB-type projectile.’ Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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