Another golf ball shatters Bay St. window

A hard-hit golf ball crashed through Custom Picture Framing’s front display window Thursday night, spraying shards of glass up to 20 feet away.

Officer Trey Holden, who is investigating the incident, said the golf ball was the second Port Orchard police have found on Bay Street.

The first was discovered Oct. 17 on the roof of J.J.’s on the Bay, a few storefronts behind the frame store.

“It’s now more than a coincidence,” Holden said.

Mallory Jackson, who owns Custom Picture Framing, said she found the ball — and the 12-inch hole it made in her window — around 8:30 Friday morning.

“I’m fortunate it didn’t break anything except the window,” she said. “It was just a big mess.”

Although the golf ball was found next to the window it broke, Jackson said glass got into everything, including the shop area in the back of the store. The 1/4-inch-thick glass was cracked all the way up to the top, she said, so she had to board up the entire window to prevent further breakage.

Luckily, Jackson said, insurance will cover the entire $600 job — all she has to pay is the $100 deductible.

She added that she is most grateful that the flying glass didn’t injure Squirt, the store’s fluffy marmalade cat.

Jackson said she was surprised that the cat’s paws weren’t cut, because it took her about four hours to clean up all the shards. She said she is still finding pieces, despite vacuuming four times.

“Everywhere I look, there’s glass,” Jackson said as she brushed a few shards from a picture frame. “I’m going to be finding glass bits five years from now.”

Holden said he suspects someone is hitting the balls from somewhere south of Bay Street. He said the ball that came through the frame store’s window must have careened off the pavement first, because it hit the glass about two feet off the ground.

Holden pointed out that the force with which the ball hit pretty much rules out the possibility that someone could have thrown it. He also doubts someone set up a golf ball in the middle of the street and hit it through the window deliberately. Instead, he suspects the balls are the result of drunken people fooling around with a golf club.

Jackson said she bets someone was trying to hit golf balls into the bay and missed.

Irregardless, city police are serious about getting it stopped.

“We’re afraid it might lead to somebody getting hurt,” Holden said.

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