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'This time is definitely tougher': Bonsai Fortville vandalized again, police investigating

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Posted at 8:32 AM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 09:17:27-05

FORTVILLE — A local restaurant in Hancock County has been vandalized not once but twice since opening in 2019.

The windows of Bonsai Fortville, a sushi and Japanese restaurant, were busted for the first time on Jan. 2 and again this week on Jan. 20.

Tim Breunig owns Bonsai Fortville and says this time was definitely tougher than the last. When he showed up at his restaurant on Wednesday, he saw a window, and his door busted.

“It's been tough on the restaurant industry with COVID-19 this year, so it's been a challenging year, and you know, just trying to keep your spirits up and trying to go forward is a little more challenging than it was a year ago when it happened,” said Breunig.

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I spoke with Officer Graffiti with the Fortville Police Department, and she said this week’s incident is an open investigation. As of Thursday morning, she didn’t have anything she could share with me, and they don’t know if the two incidents are connected.

As for Breunig, he said he doesn’t have any idea why someone would do this, but he knows the small town he chose to open a business in will have his back.

“The city has been great during COVID when we were shut down for two months the carryout business was good, so really the local community helped us survive through this difficult year, so I have you know I have the utmost faith in the community,” said Breunig.

If you have any information on this act of vandalism to Fortville police, want to hear from you.