Vandals strike restaurants at two Sterling shopping centers

The damage was apparently bad enough to shut down one of the restaurants for the day.

Police believe a vandal or multiple vandals cruised through two Sterling shopping centers overnight, throwing rocks through the windows at several restaurants in the area. The well known eateries impacted include Miller’s Ale House, Outback Steakhouse, Panera and Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant.

The patio at the Miller’s Ale House.

“This morning, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple reports of vandalism at the Potomac Run Plaza and at Cascades Overlook that occurred sometime during the overnight or early morning hours,” LCSO spokesman Kraig Troxell said in a statement. “The windows of multiple businesses … and a vehicle were damaged. The windows were damaged with rocks. No entry was made into any of the locations. The incidents remain under investigation.”

A boarded up window at the Mattress Firm store.
Three windows were smashed at Panera.

The Mattress Firm store at Potomac Run Plaza was also vandalized. Damage included a shattered back door at Outback and a broken door window and two other broken windows at Panera.

A workman cuts plywood to cover damaged windows at Miller Ale House.

The worst hit appears to be the Miller’s Ale House restaurant, where every single window on the front and sides was smashed. Workmen were onsite hanging up plywood at the Ale House, and one told us the restaurant was closed for the day due to the damage.

The side of the Miller Ale House.
1 Comment
  1. Stacey H 3 years ago

    Hope all the businesses damaged can recover quickly. In such a trying year for most retail businesses, this is very sad.

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