Rothesay, NB, flower shop damaged by weekend hit and run – New Brunswick


Sandra Miller said she was “shocked” when she got the call telling her someone had crashed into the window of her flower shop in Rothesay.

She said it happened around 2 a.m. on Saturday at Sandra Miller Floral Designs on Clark Road.

The impact shattered a large bay window, shattered the window frame, and pushed part of the wall into the store itself. The attacker fled.

“We don’t know who did it, how it happened,” Miller said. “We don’t know if he was drunk, if he was sober, if it was a mistake.”

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The property is owned by Homestar Inc.

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A spokesperson for the Kennebecasis Regional Police received a call at 2:24 a.m. on Saturday from staff at a bar next to the florist who noticed the window was broken.

Homestar owner Mark Hatfield said police called him shortly after. He said his staff worked quickly to fix the broken window.

He believes a pickup truck slammed into the wall, based on security camera footage from that period. But he said the footage is unclear due to the time of day and the vehicle’s headlights were shining directly on the camera.

Interior damage at Sandra Miller Floral Designs in Rothesay, New Brunswick after a vehicle hit the florist wall on September 4, 2021.

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“You can see the headlights go out around 1:30 a.m.,” said Hatfield, standing in front of the damage outside the store.

“And they stop right here in front of me, and you can see the vehicle backing up. And then that’s the end of our angle of view. He jumps to another angle that’s too far away to see the vehicle or the camera. license plate, and then we see it go. “

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Hatfield said his staff will repair the wall soon, but it will take six to eight weeks to replace the window due to supply delays linked to the pandemic.

He estimates the costs at $ 4,000 to $ 5,000, which he will pay out of pocket rather than going through insurance.

The store remains open.

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Miller said none of his display cases were damaged, no one was injured and the incident occurred at a time of year when the weather issues were manageable.

She said she was keeping a positive attitude by hosting a “rush sale” at her store, offering discounts on bouquets of flowers until September 11.

“Not being a busy season or being too hot, too cold, like that, that’s automatically where my mind goes,” Miller said. “I thought people are going to talk about it anyway, so let’s give them something and put a sale and, yeah, make the most of it.”

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call the Kennebecasis Regional Police or Crimestoppers.

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