Business owners blame petty crime on high school students



Posted on May 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Updated Friday, May 9 at 7:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – Thieves stole Red Bull from a South Spokane coffee shop but left a flat screen TV. The owner suspects high school kids and officers with the Spokane Police Department said it is something they are seeing over and over.

SPD leaders said they are seeing a rise in property crime. Some local businesses believe high school students are the culprits.

Black Tie Coffee on the South Hill was recently burglarized. The thieves took Red Bull and some cash, but they left a flat screen TV.

“The cash they took. The $150. That’s a third of the day’s sales,” said owner William Quinn.

Customers and staff suspect high school students are to blame.

“One hundred and 50 dollars pay for a lot when you’re a teenager,” Quinn said.

“We do see an uptick in crime like this when it’s warmer out, criminals don’t like working in the cold and once school gets out, especially since kids are on their own and mom and dad are at work,” said Officer Teresa Fuller.

SPD leaders do not track crime specific to neighborhoods around high schools but said the proximity can make businesses more vulnerable.

Authorities said officers will steak out hot spots until crime drops. Quinn said he appreciates that but said he will now be adding a security system to his business.

Other South Spokane business said they have not seen an increase in property crime but have seen an increase in vandalism and graffiti.