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National City clothing business vandalized, broken into

Posted at 6:26 AM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 10:37:54-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) -- A National City family was shocked Monday when they showed up at their business and noticed someone broke-in and vandalized their business.

Dulce Tablas' parents own Diva's Fashion 2 in National City, a store in which they sell formal clothing like ball gowns and tuxedos. The family also owns a banquet hall and a second clothing store.

The family showed up to find their storefront window broken, glass all over the ground and a designer quinceañera dress, worth over $900, gone. The person who took the dress grabbed it from the mannequin. Tablas says it will cost the family over $2,000 to fix the window.

The family is wondering if they were targeted. Last week, during the Black Lives Matter protests, they decided to paint the phrase on their windows. After the break-in, Tablas said she noticed the phrase had an "X" through it.

The break-in came on the same day the family decided to close down one of their locations, not able to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. The business that was vandalized is the one staying open. The family also says they had insurance and surveillance cameras but they had cut the expense in April since they were closed due to the pandemic. Tablas mom tells 10News it is a move she now regrets.

Diva's Fashion 2 now has a fundraising page on Facebook, to help the family with the repairs for the window. If you'd like to donate, click here.

The crime was reported to National City Police.