The rock-to-window method of breaking and entry ranks among the least sophisticated of heists, leading some in SPD’s East Precinct to believe Capitol Hill’s recent wave of smash and grab robberies may trace back to a soon-to-be caught suspect or group of suspects.
“Historically they are traced back to a group or single person,” said SPD spokesperson Patrick Michaud. “Some guys do it as a single person deal, but it tends to be riskier.”
The break-ins started last week with at least three reports of broken glass and stolen items at Capitol Hill shops, including E Olive Way’s Holy Smoke, 15th Ave E’s Shop Rite, and 19th Ave E’s Cone & Steiner in the unlucky group. Cone & Steiner lost a laptop and cash in its smash and grab.
The 19th Ave specialty grocer was then victimized again when owners found their door shattered early Friday morning. No word if the break-in included any stolen goods. On Sunday morning 15th Ave’s Cafe Ladro was targeted, but the perpetrator didn’t make off with any money.
The thefts — so far — pale in comparison to the $30,000 burglary of a 19th and Aloha flower shop in May.
Michaud said local businesses should try to keep at least a few lights on overnight and purchase a safe for cash and other valuable items to help prevent break-ins.