SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash— A storeowner who captured thieves stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise on camera said she is frustrated police did not respond.
Spokane Tack Trunk Owner Brenda Grass said she watched a man and woman steal 20 horse bits December 13 and has the incident on surveillance footage.
“They’d take bits off this wall and then go over here where there weren’t cameras at the time,” she said.
Grass said she reported the incident to Crime Check, but did not get any help.
She decided to take things into her own hands a few days later when a customer came in with what she believed was one of the stolen bits. The customer allegedly bought the bits on Craigslist.
Grass put up pictures on Facebook and called other shops to warn them of the thieves.
“Somebody has to try to stop them. So I figured maybe I can stop him from doing it to someone else,” Grass said.
Her husband even posed as a customer and met with the man behind the Craigslist post. He said the man had thousands of dollars worth of bits. He said he bought a couple of his back.
A Crime Check supervisor said the storeowners did file a report and six follow-up calls were made. Crime Check forwarded the report to Spokane Valley Police Department the next day he said.
The couple said they did not receive any of these calls. They said they hope the thieves are caught before it is too late.