HOLLAND, Ohio (WTVG) - A local barber shop owner says racism is still very real. This after his shop was broken into and vandalized last weekend.
The owner of Finishing Touch Hair Pro's in Holland let an Action News crew inside his business Friday.
He says he was shocked when he came in on Monday to find hair stations damaged, pop machines and appliances thrown about and hateful slurs painted on the walls.
One wall displaying the "N" word followed by "Get Out."
The owner tells us he's owned the shop for four years and plans on staying put.
"It's sad because it still exists in this day and age, you know, and what's even sadder, I don't think it's going anywhere. Just like we're not going anywhere. We're going to be here, you know. We're going to rebuild. We're going to make it bigger and better. You know, we're staying right here. We're the first and only black or African American barber shop in Holland," he said.
The shop owner says he filed a report with the Lucas County Sheriff's Office. He estimates the damage to be tens of thousands of dollars and says people are planning to help him clean up on at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The Lucas County Sheriff's Office is now investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Springfield Township is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the people responsible for the crime.