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Downtown jewelry store stripped of valuables by rioters intends to sue city

A longtime downtown jeweler intends to sue the City of Portland, alleging that the Police Bureau and city politicians failed to protect downtown merchants from thieves that broke into her store in a May 30 riot.

Noha Kassab, owner of Kassab Jewelers, filed a tort claim notice with the city last month. She claims the store was stripped of valuables, including $1.5 million worth of diamonds, rubies and other gems. Together with the damage to the store and its fixtures and lost profits, Kassab informed the city she will seek $2.5 million in damages.

The Kassab store was one of several high-end retailers hit by thieves in a wild spree of vandalism, arson and smash-and-grab late in the night of May 30. The night of plundering further scarred a downtown already burdened by COVID-19 restrictions, the associated recession and widespread homelessness.

Four months later, storefronts through much of downtown remain

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