Caught on Cam: Vandal Damages Local Coffee Shop

The owner says he believes a community organization was behind the incident

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    A Philadelphia coffee shop owner tells NBC10 he knows exactly who is responsible for throwing bricks through the window of his shop and why they did it. Ori Feibush, who owns OFC Coffee House, is at the center of a controversy over his development plans for the area. He talked to NBC10's Na'eem Douglas. (Published Saturday, Aug 24, 2013)

    A local real estate developer is seeking the public’s help in finding the person caught on surveillance video vandalizing his coffee shop in the Point Breeze section of the city.

    Ori Feibush, the owner of the OCF Coffee Shop on 20th and Federal Street, says someone threw a brick through two windows of the shop on Saturday around 6 a.m. The incident was caught on surveillance video.

    Feibush, who also owns OCF Realty, says there has been some backlash as well as protests regarding his recent real estate development plans for the area.

    He told NBC10’s Na’eem Douglas that the Point Breeze Organizing Committee is behind the vandalism and it's no coincidence that it happened on the same day as the organization's march, protesting development of the area that they say is forcing families out of their homes.

    “This is a group of individuals who have radicalized themselves out of a whole host of ideals,” said Feibush.

    The group chose to protest on the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington” as a symbol of peaceful protest.

    Media Mobilizing Project gave NBC10 a video of the march that ends on the doorsteps of Feibush's South Street realty office.

    The groups and its members deny any involvement with the vandalism. 

    “We hope that investigation is very well resourced. We know that in that investigation that it will come out who actually was a part of that. We support the tradition of Civil Rights movement and non-violent movement,” said member Ociele Hawkins.

    The group also says that Fiebush is going about his development in Point Breeze the wrong way.

    “OCF realty has been a very aggressive force for development and hasn't always respected the Democratic process around that development,” said Anna Grant of the Point Breeze Organizing Committee.

    This isn't the first time Fiebush has made headlines. Last year he spent thousands to clean up what used to be a vacant lot. The city, however, owned the land and threatened trespassing charges.

    Police say they are investigating the incident.
     

     

     

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