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Businesses vandalized overnight

Email links damage to Occupy Portland protest

Vandals apparently motivated by Wednesday's planned protest by Occupy Portland damaged several area businesses overnight, including a U.S. Bank branch at 1225 S.E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

According to police, at 10:21 p.m. on Tuesday, Central Precinct officers found the glass front door of the bank shattered. They also discovered that several windows and glass doors had been broken. Large rocks were found inside and outside the bank.

Police don't have suspects in the case, but are working with bank security to see if surveillance cameras caught a picture of the perpetrators.

Several local media outlets told police that they received an email from a group claiming responsibility for the vandalism. It refers to an anti-corporation protest planned for Wednesday.

Here is the email:

About an hour and a half ago (around ten pm, Tuesday night) a group of anticapitalists rolled up on the US Bank at SE 39th and Main and smashed out its windows and ATMs.

This was done in preparation for February 29th's Shut Down The Corporations Day. We chose a bank because banks have upheld the sanctity of capitalism, making it possible for a few people to accrue copious amounts of wealth. This was also for the role the banks have played in the current financial crisis and the level of environmental destruction they have supported. These banks are responsible for throwing poor and oppressed people the world over under the bus of extreme poverty and destitution. They did this all to keep the pockets of a few rich CEOs lined with extravagant bonuses, and it's time we started taking from those pockets.

We also did this to remind #Occupy to keep its horizons open. Rather than resort to the gory analogy about cats, we prefer to say they're more than one way to shut down a corporation. Parades through the city may be able to accomplish this task on occasion, but at the end of the day there's really no replacement for a few dozen folks in masks with rocks. We don't know whether this will be taken as solidarity or antagonism by the core of Occupy, but frankly that isn't worth dwelling on for us. You said you wanted to help shut down corporations, and we helped to do that in our own way. Take it or leave it, we're going to keep doing it.

Good night, Occupy, and good luck tomorrow.

Then at 2:17 a.m. on Wednesday, North Precinct officers responded to the report of breaking glass at Northeast Broadway and 39th Avenue. A neighbor heard the sound of glass breaking near the Key Bank branch, located at 3839 N.E. Broadway. Officers arrived in the area and located a number of windows and the ATM had been damaged with rocks. Officers also located windows damaged at Starbucks across the street at 1633 N.E. 39th Ave.

A neighborhood search was performed by officers and a police K-9 unit but did not locate any suspects. Officers will be working with Key Bank to recover any possible video evidence.

A short time later, media outlets received an email claiming the second attacks were inspired by the first one.