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Angola shop to reopen Saturday, but future uncertain

The owner says she will re-open Willow Tree Shoppes on Saturday, but has not made any long-term...
The owner says she will re-open Willow Tree Shoppes on Saturday, but has not made any long-term decisions yet.(WPTA)
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 4:11 PM EDT
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ANGOLA, Ind. (WPTA) - The owner of a store that was the reported target of racist vandals says she will open for business on Saturday, but that the “long-term view” is uncertain.

Erlinda Inniss filed a police report Monday after she said she arrived at the Willow Tree Shoppes and discovered racial slurs spray painted on the walls, floor, furniture and merchandise. Inniss, who is Black, sells crystals, herbs and other metaphysical products from the store, located in the 100 block of E. Wendell Jacob Ave.

She told ABC21 she and her husband have been harassed prior to the incident, and that someone also damaged a car belonging to her family.

A Go Fund Me effort had raised about $12,000 by Thursday afternoon.

Police said they are investigating the matter. No arrests have been made.

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