Drunken rampage costs shop owner

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Drunks smashed the window of Percy's Mart with a trolley on Tuesday night. PHOTO/ALISA YONG
Drunks smashed the window of Percy's Mart with a trolley on Tuesday night. PHOTO/ALISA YONG

Trolley-riding drunks have smashed a Queen St shop window, leaving the owner several hundred dollars out of pocket.

Masterton Police were called to Percy's Mart near the corner of King St at about 9.30pm on Tuesday after a passerby heard several people yelling and the sound of smashing glass.

The passerby, who did not wish to be named, told the Times-Age she was so terrified by all the noise that she hid in her car.

"I was parked down King St around 9.30pm and I heard all this yelling at the end of the street so I stayed in the car because I was scared to get out because it was just me."

At the same time she saw at least two cars speed down Queen St, she said.

A man in a hoodie was also seen running down the street, she said.

Police who attended the incident told her the window had probably been smashed by people riding in a supermarket trolley.

An extremely intoxicated man who returned to the scene told police his friend had smashed the window, the passerby said.

The owner of the shop, who wished to be known as Mike, said he arrived at about 9.40pm to clean up the mess.

He was unsure if the damage would be covered by insurance.

"I'm always pissed off if it's going to cost me money."

"It's more the inconvenience of it really ... what can you do? It's just going to cost -- that's the end of it."

The last time the window had been smashed was about 12 years ago, when a man tried to break in to steal a bike, he said.

Senior Sergeant Gordon Crawley said police were seeking someone in relation to the smashing of windows at Percy's Mart and the Salvation Army store, which also had its window broken on Tuesday.

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