Looted business faces new challenges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The owner of Queen of Hearts & Modern Love on Westminster Street says she supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

So she’s dismayed to see some people taking advantage of the situation to commit crimes in an organized way, stealing her computers and specific merchandise with a high resale value.

“I just cried, it was just really hard,” said owner Karen Beebe. “Seeing the destruction was just heartbreaking for everybody. These are all small businesses that work really hard.”

And it’s not only the looting.

Someone created a fake GoFundMe page posing as the store trying to get people to donate.

“It’s really unfortunate that people take circumstances and try to benefit off of them,” Beebe said. “We have not set up a GoFundMe page, at this time we do not plan on setting up one. I think if people are going to be making donations they should be making them toward the movement that’s happening.”

But with more protests on the horizon, she’s coming up with a plan to get her most valuable merchandise out of sight. And neighbors are offering to help in that effort.

“If we see other activity or danger around, we’re happy to come and help move stuff, move it back when it’s ready, and support the store in any way we can,” said Natalie Darmohraj of Providence.

And an artist is planning to create a positive mural on the boarded-up window, to deter people from looting in the first place.

“I just want to show that we’re better than this,” said the artist, who goes by the name Agonza. “Yes we’re hurt, but we’re going to get through this.”

 

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