Woman trashes several businesses in downtown Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Broken planters, toppled chairs, and a whole lot of frustration. That was the scene in downtown Memphis early Tuesday morning.

Several businesses on South Main Street in downtown Memphis are cleaning up after they say a vandal trashed their places of work.

“My neighbor’s chairs were kicked off the chain and thrown on the sidewalk,” Mark Parsell, the owner of South Main Sounds said.

Parsell was met with destruction as he opened his shop on Tuesday.

“We put recyclables out so the homeless people can take them back and get money for them,” he said. “The bag was ripped open. There were cans everywhere.”

Parsell is thankful no one was hurt, and the damage can be repaired, but he is concerned what happened may be a sign of future crime.

“I probably left at 7:30 last night and everything was status quo,” he said. “I got here this morning, and it’s not life-threatening and nothing we can’t fix, but what’s next?”

Surveillance video from outside Grecian Gourmet at 412 South Main and from outside Memphis Soul Food Express shows a woman in a long trench coat throwing chairs onto the street.

It’s a shocking scene for Zach Schauffler, whose cafe was also targeted.

“It looks like a tornado hit,” he said. “It’s sad to see South Main torn up like that.”

As Parsell and Schauffler clean up the damage, they’re asking police to step up patrols in the south main district.

“We’re really trying to build a community, and we build a community we’re really proud of. I don’t want to see something get off the rails because of some petty kids doing something stupid like this.”

If you know anything about this crime or the woman in the surveillance video, call police.