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Businesses that were damaged or broken into Wednesday night

Published May 14, 2004

WIRELESS WORLD, under the same ownership as Midtown Supermarket next door, 1856 18th Ave. S, had fire and water damage and destruction of equipment, display cases and furniture. All exterior windows in the one-story building were broken.

"What is there to salvage?" asked owner Eric Mallay. The same building was damaged during the 1996 disturbances when it housed a laundry, Mallay said.

He figures damages will total $200,000 to $300,000. He expects the city to rebuild for him. He hopes to get the business back in operation at Midtown Supermarket next door. He said he will close the in-house post office to make room for Wireless World.

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MAXI MALL, at Maximo Plaza, 4301 34th St. S. This mall houses dozens of booths, ranging from clothing to jewelry to electronics businesses. One of its front doors was torn out as thieves broke in to loot and damage several businesses. An alarm brought police, who ran off the looters, according to security officer William Brower. Police then left for Central Plaza and the group returned, Brower said. By then, owners had been alerted and some had come to the mall as did security officers. When the thieves returned, they did not enter because people were in the mall, Brower said. He stayed until 4 a.m. Many planned to stay overnight Thursday.

The thieves did hit some booths:

New York Jewelry, owned by Jong Choe. Thieves jumped his display case to get into his kiosk. They sole $3,000 in sterling chains and pendants.

Tennis Shoe Connection, owned by Tim McCubbin. Losses totaled a couple of thousand dollars in goods.

Kelly Shoes, owned by Christopher Lozano and others. A door to Kelly's space was torn out, and 30 pairs of shoes stolen.

Farenheit, owned by Minki Kim. An estimated $8,000 in stereo and television equipment for vehicles was stolen. Some of what couldn't be taken was torn up. Display cases were smashed.

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LA FASHION, Central Plaza, 3235 Central Ave. Owners say a car drove into the front of the store. Two large windows and three small ones were smashed and steel bars were bent.

Myeong Pak, wife of the owner, said they lost about $14,000 in clothes. They were covering the windows with plywood Thursday afternoon and unsure about their future.

"My heart is broke. I don't think about the future. I can't," said Mrs. Pak. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she said she had been in the United States for 13 years and in St. Petersburg for six years.

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LOOKING GOOD, 2201 34th St. S. Owner Mike Chugali said two front windows and the front door were smashed in his Lakeview Shopping Center men's clothing store. But bars on the windows prevented thieves from entering, he said. He estimated damages totaled about $1,500.

NEW MILLENNIUM ALL PURPOSE FASHIONS, 2273 34th St. S. Owned by Dean Cooper, the store had minor damage to its front window lights. No one got in the store.

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GITA FOOD STORE, 1700 Third St. S, owned by Mona Patel. Thieves knocked out one door, attempting to break in. But Patel said would-be thieves could not get into the store. The interior appear undamaged. Thursday, the door was being secured with wood.

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