SPOKANE, Wash — Spokane police have caught the thief who was spotted on camera stealing from Anchor and Art Tattoo Gallery.
The tattoo shop downtown was offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who could identify the person who broke into their office and stole over $8,000 worth of items.
Anchored Art Tattoo and Gallery said their suite in the Paulsen Center was hit around 5 a.m. on Friday morning. A man slowly went through all of their belongings and walked away with iPads, cameras and custom tattoo machines.
Tattoo shop owner Jeremy Corns filed a report with the Spokane Police Department and shared footage of his security cameras to social media in hopes of finding out where his missing gear could be.
“Being a small business owner is hard enough. Theft is something that’s very disheartening," said Corns.
On Saturday, he got a call from SPD saying they found the man who hit his shop.
It turns out that the same person was caught by an officer while he was in the act of stealing a bicycle.
“The police were able to recover some of those machines and once they’re done with those in evidence I’ll be able to get them back and put it back into work," Corns said.
A few of those items were gear he used everyday on his work, so now he’s feeling a sense of relief.
“As a small business owner you go through a lot anyway all the time, so it’s just another bump in the road that adds to your resilience and makes you push harder to work," Corns said. .
The owner said they weren’t the only ones targeted by this thief, with several business that may have been hit just down the road.
“There were officers down here all morning reviewing video and getting a list of missing stuff,” Corns said.
Corns said there was no sign of forced entry into the suite and the building is normally very well secured.
“Our shop has been open in Spokane for nine years and our alarms always scared them away, but the alarm didn’t help this time,” he said.