Some NYC shops reconsidering reopening during ongoing protests
With New York City set to begin Phase 1 of reopening in just a few days, the ongoing protests have many shops choosing to stay on pause.
Surveillance video provided to News 12 appears to show a group of people breaking the front gate of the New Concourse Pharmacy on the Grand Concourse last weekend.
For more than two hours, groups of individuals appear to be going into the drug store and leaving with a handful of items.
A viewer who gave News 12 the security video and wants to remain anonymous said the group used cellphones, high-power equipment and getaway cars.
Video appears to show a fire being set ablaze, with fire fighters arriving later at the location to extinguish the flames. Some two hours later, police officers are seen responding to the scene.
Store owners on the block that were targeted say as long as the protests continue in the city, their storefronts will remain closed.
Clean up continues inside many businesses like a jewelry shop where looters emptied out an entire display case.
Before the recent raids, employees there were preparing for the city's reopening. But now they say even though they look forward to the future, they remain uncertain.