Downtown Greensboro business plagued by recent vandalism

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — For Seth Maples, the move from Charlotte to Greensboro a couple of months ago was a no-brainer.

“We decided to move back to Greensboro to be around family,” Maples said.

“We have two kids and just wanted to, you know, be around family. [I] wanted to open up a business,” he continued.

The story of Maples opening what will be dubbed “The Bearded Goat,” at 116 E. Lewis St., is a homecoming of sorts.

“We are not going to do any food we are just going to do food trucks out the back. Just going to kind of be a place where you call home basically,” said Maples.

However, with the windows now boarded up, that picture has become a lot less welcoming.

“Well we’ve had two acts of vandalism in the last two and a half weeks. The last being the most crucial,” Maples explained.

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, a man armed with some type of stick decided to bust the windows of Maples’ store front.

The man in the video captured by the bar’s exterior camera shows him not taking anything, but simply walking away afterwards.

Greensboro police say the same thing happened the two other times the bar was vandalized. They also noted that around the city vandalism is fairly common.

“We installed some more lights here to really brighten up the backside,” said Maples as he pointed up.

“But we are taking the necessary steps to make sure this doesn’t just happen to us again but also doesn’t happen to the south end area anymore,” he added.

The surveillance video from Friday’s incident has garnered more than 17,000 views on Facebook since being posted on Monday.

Police are also reviewing the video to come up with leads. The Bearded Goat hopes to open its doors by the end of September.

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