A man who allegedly smashed a storefront window near the Astoria Riverwalk and stole a skateboard was arrested Sunday morning.
Astoria Police responded to a report of the incident just after 7 a.m. at Coldwater Surf and Skate, located at 80 11th Street. A sliding glass window had been smashed and a large rock was found inside.
Police later located Jonathan Leroy Thompson, 18, listed by authorities as a transient, near 16th Street and Commercial Street just after 10 a.m. Thompson allegedly then chucked a longboard, valued at roughly $200, into bushes when police arrived.
Police arrested Thompson and charged him with second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree burglary and second-degree theft.
Rusty House has co-owned the shop with his wife, Julie, since 2014. Opened originally in 2006, the shop has moved locations twice. House said he cannot recall any previous break-ins.
“I think it was just a stupid young guy who made a big mistake,” House said.
Later Sunday, a wooden board covered the damaged glass and featured a message written in white spray paint: “Do your worst! Open during storm! Bullies suck.”