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    Vandals Continue to Target Love Connection Lingerie Store in West Hollywood

    Love Connection Lingerie, an adult retail store located at 8244 Santa Monica Blvd, was the target of vandals again this past weekend. A person or persons attempted to smash their front window but missed, instead smashing the “L” on their Love Connection signage, breaking the light fixture.

    Owner Ron Arouas tells WEHO TIMES that the incident happened this past weekend, and he first noticed it on Monday morning. He has not reported the incident to the West Hollywood sheriff’s Station because he doesn’t believe they will be helpful since cameras did not capture the incident. “They have not been unhelpful in this situation and always request that I provide video,” he said. “Without that, there’s nothing they can do.”

    Love Connection West Hollywood Vandalized – WEHO TIMES

    Love Connection West Hollywood Vandalized – WEHO TIMES

    He added that he’s looking into investing in more cameras and recording systems specifically pointed out towards the street to see if he could possibly catch whoever is targeting his store.

    This is the fifth attack in the past four months where vandals have attempted to smash the store’s windows.

    Video footage dated October 12 shows an employee being hit in the back with what turned out to be a marble while closing the store at 11:09 p.m. “I think it was destined for one of my windows and it hit my employee,” Arouas told WEHO TIMES. “He thought he got shot.”

    A second instance happened on October 30 at 2:08 p.m. “I was doing a day shift, and I heard a thud up against the building,” he said. “I ran outside and saw a rock rolling back into the street that bounced off my wall. At that point, I was like, ‘wow, somebody’s really targeting the business.’”

    He added that a couple of nights later, the business next door had its window smashed. He believes the rock was aimed at them, but the vandal missed.

    Video footage on October 30 at 2:08 p.m. shows a phone charger being thrown at the window. He said he was hoping the sheriff’s could fingerprint the charger, but he was told that there were not enough resources to fingerprint an item unless it involved a homicide.

    Arouas says he deals with shoplifters, the unhoused, and individuals who act out sexually in his store, but these recent attacks are different and smack of some sort of hate crime.

    Love Connection first opened in West Hollywood in 2004. Arouas co-owns the store with his mother, who is Jewish.

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    West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station polices the City of West Hollywood and the unincorporated communities of Franklin Canyon, Universal City (which includes Universal Theme Park, Studios, and Citywalk), and the Federal Enclave in West Los Angeles.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Josh Kurpies
    Josh Kurpies
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    2 months ago

    Sad the business keeps enduring this activity but would encourage them to still report it to Sheriff’s Department so at least they formally know it’s happening and the activity/reports are factored into how the deputies are deployed around the City. Regardless, I feel for business owners who are repeatedly dealing with these annoyances and damages.

    Cy Husain
    Cy Husain
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    2 months ago

    Considering just how dilapidated the rest of the building structure is, the smashed out L fits right in. Now if a little time, effort, and materials is spent into fixing up the place it’s less like likely to attract this kind of attention.

    Shane
    Shane
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    Reply to  Cy Husain
    2 months ago

    Folks, I think we’ve found the culprit.

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    2 months ago

    If this store is routinely targeted as the headline infers, why does he not have basic security cameras. What are the sheriffs suppose to do other than a report for insurance without footage. Heck, the owner could have done this for all they know. Something like this is no different then your car getting dinged in a parking lot with no witnesses or video. Buy a Ring Camera!

    Correction
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    Reply to  Kevin
    2 months ago

    As the headline implies

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