Council member questions timing of vandalism at pro-LGBT shop

Published: Jun. 29, 2015 at 4:18 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2015 at 6:24 PM EDT
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Source: Chris Seelbach
Source: Chris Seelbach

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A city council member is questioning the timing of vandalism at a pro-LGBT storefront in downtown Cincinnati.

Chris Seelbach posted a photo to Facebook of a suspect accused of destroying several large flower pots outside of the Bromwell antique store, located at 117 West Fourth street.

"Bromwell's proudly displays pro-LGBT signs in their store windows and in chalk on the sidewalk in front of their store. Given the historic marriage decision on Friday, this crime was perhaps motivated by their inclusion efforts," Seelbach's post says.

The vandal struck two days after the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriages nationwide.

Surveillance photos show the suspect alongside a smashed planter and dirt spread across the sidewalk. The incident took place early Sunday morning, according to a Cincinnati Police incident report.

Bromwell owner Jeff McClorey declined to comment whether or not he believed the crime was anti-gay related, but said it was suspicious that his storefront was the only targeted business in the area.

Seelbach is urging people to share his post and contact Cincinnati Police with any information about the suspect.

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