TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Police are investigating two incidents in downtown Tyler after Gentry Donuts was burglarized and Andy’s Frozen Custard was vandalized.
Tyler Police have stated that the two incidents are unrelated and not part of the protests that took place on the square Wednesday evening. Despite incidents of rioting and looting in many areas across the country, the Tyler protests have remained peaceful. Earlier this week, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith was seen marching with the protestors.
“We have no indication that either of these events were in relation to the protest that occurred in tyler or any other events that is happening around the country and the world,” said Andy Erbaugh, with the Tyler Police Department.
At Gentry Donuts, the drive-thru window was smashed. According to the owner, a cash register was stolen along with other food and drinks. Andy’s Frozen Custard had multiple front windows smashed, but it is unknown if anything was taken.
Police are reviewing security tapes to see if any suspects can be identified.
“We didn’t know anything about it until we got to work this morning around 3:30
and my uncle came to open the shop and you see broken glass everywhere and the register was stolen, kind of scared,” said Panny Sok, Gentry Donuts owner’s nephew.
Don’t worry about us. Windows can be replaced. We have always been about loving people and giving them a reason to come together. A few broken windows do not change that.Statement from Andy’s