Pedestrian Bridge Vandalism Caught On Video

Vandals break into a giant vending machine at the base of an Omaha landmark, but apparently they didn't know or care that it's all caught on video.

"I wish people would take their aggression out somewhere else beside my machine," Greg Donbach says.

He's the owner of an unmanned convenience machine at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian bridge. Vandals out to steal discover that the window on his machine is one tough customer. But the owner's determination to keep the shop here is starting to crack.

"We can't keep turning in insurance claims or nobody will want to insure it," Donbasch says. "So we've got to figure out a way to make this work or take it away."

The Shop 24 near the entrance to the bridge offers juice, snacks and even toilet paper, but the window smashing is the third time the shop has been hit this summer.

Not only does the owner of Shop 24 have to replace that expensive window, but this cash taker doesn't work either. Someone tried to break into it about 10 days ago.

It's credit cards only for now. But Mike Henery who lives nearby says crooks shouldn't cash in on a neighborhood convenience.

"The hooligans and stuff are doing this," Henery says. "What does it achieve? They can't get in the machine."

The vandals used a no-parking sign as a ramrod. The insulated glass made the keep items cool shattered but didn't break. A replacement window from Canada will cost $2,000. That's tacked onto the cost of repairs from previous damage.

"It's been over $10,000," Donbasch says.

Mike Henery has a great view but doesn't like what he sees happening to a unique small business.

"Vandalism is absolutely disgusting," Henery says.

The vandals also smashed out the windows on a bus stop nearby. If you can identify the suspects, call Omaha Police at (402) 444-7867.

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