Local clothing store owner may need to shut down permanently after looting

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: June 02, 2020 06:34 PM
Created: June 02, 2020 06:28 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Clean up continues at many businesses that were broken into, and looted over the weekend. Many of them are retail stores that were scheduled to reopen as part of the state's Phase Two plan. 

News10NBC talked to business owner Emma Myrthil as she was picking up the pieces at her store. She fears she may have to shut down permanently after this.


Tuesday morning Myrthil, better known in the neighborhood as Miss Emma, salvaged what was left behind.

Saturday night vandals broke into her store named, Emma's Clothing and Accessories store, located on North Goodman Street, and stole almost everything in sight. 

"It's just really sad, and devastating. I still can't understand. I feel like this is just a dream. It's not really happening at the moment," Myrthil said.

Myrthil has been in business there for almost 30 years. She says she sold things the community needed the most. 

"My store was very basic. Some socks, T-shirts, hats, sweat suits, jewelry and recently some face masks," Myrthil said.   

She says at least 75% of her inventory was stolen and attempted to place an approximate dollar value on what was lost.

"I'll say about $50K. Yup, that much if not more cause you know I don't have my paperwork. I'll say $50K, or more," Myrthil said.

Business has been very slow since the start of the pandemic. Although her business was considered as non-essential, Miss Emma remained open because her store is actually located inside of a Check Cashing place, which is an essential business. 

Now following the night of vandalism, moving forward for her is now a tough decision since her inventory was uninsured.

"I don't know what I'm going to do at the moment, and I'm hoping that I can continue, but I don't know what I can do at the moment," Myrthil said.

The Check Cashing business does have surveillance cameras. News10NBC was informed that any available capturing the looting has been handed over to Rochester Police.

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