A business matching the description of 12th Ave’s Capitol Hill Market appears to have been the victim in one of the biggest business burglary losses we’ve covered lately. And the crime went down less than 300 feet from East Precinct headquarters.
According to a SPD report, a store in the 1700 block of 12th Ave was broken into early on the morning of Tuesday, February 16. The modus operandi was similar to other recent Hill break-ins: The burglar threw a large rock through the store’s glass door and then headed straight for the cash register. This time, according to the report, the thief hit the jackpot — the till held approximately $1,800 in cash according to the store’s owner.
A witness saw the thief exiting the store through the busted door, knocking broken glass to the ground as he squeezed through with the cash. According to the report, the witness said the man appeared to be Asian or Hispanic, with a shaved head, wearing dark pants and a gray hooded sweat jacket.
Seattle’s East Precinct headquarters is located at the intersection of 12th Ave and Pine, about a tenth of a mile from the 1700 block.