Capitol Hill retailer and designer Fresh Tangerine suffered a devastating hit to the young business after an early morning burglary last week that emptied the E Pine store of thousands of dollars — and months of work — in handmade jewelry.
“We lost 2,085 pieces of inventory which is a retail value of $51,887 along with a couple of other of jewelry items from our cash drawer,” owner Kim Kogane said of the Thursday, October 10th, 5 AM break-in. “It took us a couple of months to create that much inventory and plus all of the labor from Operations to Quality Control everything, package it, and transport it to the store. It is a devastating loss for the business especially as we move into our busiest time of year.”
Kogan says it took only four minutes for the burglary to play out.
According to police, a restaurant in the 400 block of Broadway E was also hit in a similar fashion not long after the Fresh Tangerine break-in Thursday morning. The restaurant lost an undisclosed amount of cash in the burglary.
Fresh Tangerine opened in a the retail space next to E Pine’s Molly Moon’s in the Odd Fellows Building this summer in an expansion from Kogane’s original studio and shop in Pioneer Square.
Commercial burglaries were reported down across the East Precinct through the first four months of the year until SPD’s system upgrades knocked public access to the statistics offline until a hoped for restoration later this year. Typically, the E2 precinct beat covering the core of Pike/Pine, Broadway, and much of central Capitol Hill suffers around 60 reported commercial burglaries per year. You can review crime statistics and trends here on the Capitol Hill Crime Dashboard.
If you have any information that might help track down Fresh Tangerine’s lost creations, give police a call. And consider stopping through the shop at 919 E Pine to help boost the mood after such a sour experience.
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