Hillyard shop owners sleep in stores to stop crime




Posted on May 22, 2014 at 5:19 AM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 8:16 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Two Hillyard auto repair shop owners said they are sleeping in their shops to keep criminals away.

Shawn Manley and Dan Zoesch told KREM 2 Spokane Police are outnumbered by the thieves.

Manley, whose shop has been on the corner of Wellesley and Crestline for 15 years, says criminals come out in the early morning hours on bikes with back packs looking for anything they can get their hands on to steal. Zoesch said thieves target cars because there are usually things inside like GPS systems, car stereos, and personal information to steal out of glove boxes.

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Spokane Police said, however, they have ramped up patrols over the past several months and it's helping stop crime in the area.
Manley is not so sure.

“No way. No way. Nope, if they were here at night around 3:00 in the morning, like I am, they would see the people riding around with bikes and backpacks,” said Manley. “You know, they're not exactly going to school at 3:00 in the morning. They're out stealing stuff.”

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Both shop owners started sleeping at their shops to stop the crime.
They also think the metal industry needs to be better regulated, because they're the ones collecting the stolen metal.

But despite the crime, neither of the men planned to leave the neighborhood.