Vandalism on Valentine's Day Brought Community Together

Bob, the bookstore cat took a seat in the back of a Campbell Police cruiser while the window was cleaned up.


Valentine's Day in downtown Campbell turned out to be a little too exciting for one local business and its feline inhabitant.

The Recycle Bookstore on E Campbell Avenue had a window broken Thursday night at about 10:00 p.m., Campbell Police Capt. Charley Adams said.

"A 26-year-old got in an argument and broke the window," Adams said. "He was arrested by the railroad tracks and booked for vandalism."

The Campbell Police officer on the scene could not get a hold of the bookstore owner by phone so drove to his house in San Jose, said Recycle Bookstore owner Eric Johnson.

"I drove back to the store and the officer there told me that the guy had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend and was hitting anything he walked past," Johnson said. "I blame Valentine's Day."

When Johnson got to the scene, he got started on cleaning up the mess but hadn't even thought about the store's inhabitant, Bob.

"Bob was investigating the broken glass," Johnson said. "I'm not sure if it was a couple that had come to see if they could help or the officer but Bob was put in the backseat of the police car to stay safe."

Three different couples walking by offered their help, Johnson said. That and the police officers going out to his home in the middle of the night to alert him of the incident made the event a little less hard on the local businessman.

"It was a great feeling," he said.


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