Store owners say vandals struck in protest of gentrification

- A couple of local business owners are spending this holiday weekend cleaning up, after they say, vandals ruined their storefronts.

They said the crimes happened Thanksgiving morning in southeast Atlanta at Brother Moto and Sock Fancy on Memorial Drive.

Zachary Kane, the general manager of Brother Moto, a coffee shop, and garage, spoke with FOX 5's Marissa Mitchell.

"It's rough when stuff like this happens," Kane told Mitchell. "It's very inconvenient timing, Thanksgiving morning."

Kane showed Mitchell the paint splashed on the front of the stores. He also said anarchists claimed they committed the crime online. He believes the targeting of his business was misguided.

"What I've read from their posts on various websites, they were protesting large-scale gentrification and development of this corridor," Kane said.
"We are just a small business in a preexisting warehouse space, and it's not a good example."

Sock Fancy, which is next door to Brother Moto, is a sock subscription service.

A report of the incident wasn't immediately available Saturday from Atlanta Police.

The owner of Brother Moto told FOX 5 he filed a report.

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