The owner of the Alli Ice Company in Hilo says his business was vandalized Tuesday night.
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John Bockrath says he is so angry about the vandalism, he is shutting his business down until the person or persons responsible are caught.
The company's doors and windows were smashed, their trucks were damaged and paperwork thrown outside of the building. Because of the damage to the trucks, it forced a large part of the business to shut down.
"They broke into the facility. They damaged a number of my trucks. They stole some of our critical paperwork," said Bockrath. "Not the entire plant but enough that I am going to close the operation down."
Bockrath says he believes someone is disgruntled because the company is not satisfying their needs.
Because of the demand for ice for those affected by Iselle, Alii Ice limited ice sales to 100 pounds per person.
Bockrath says some wanted 400 and 500 pounds of ice for parties, events and fishing.
The Alii Ice Company employs 13 people. The company makes about 40,000 pounds of ice per day. This is the only ice company on the Hilo side. Now, Hilo, Honoka'a, Puna and Volcano areas will not have a local supply of ice.
"We take care of the fishermen. We take care of the general public and numerous wholesale accounts. Restaurants. It is critical to the community," said Bockrath.