PORTLAND, Ore. — A coffee shop in Northeast Portland was broken into three times in the past week.
Erica Escalante, the owner of Arrow Coffeehouse, located at 4943 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, said she's "frustrated and sad" after having to spend thousands of dollars on repairs. The combined losses, including the stolen cash, amounts to more than $3,000.
"It's hard. It's hard because I'm young. I'm only 28 and for a small business, it's just a lot to handle," Escalante said. "It's a lot of stress, so it was just heartbreaking."
The owner said after the first break-in, in which the thief broke a window and stole some cash, she had anti-theft glass installed.
"I thought, OK, we're good," Escalante said. "[Then] Wednesday night, someone broke in again in the same way, but they couldn't get through the anti-theft glass, so they just broke it."
Nothing was taken the second night, but Escalante had to replace the glass a second time.
Then on Friday night, at 2:30 a.m., someone broke the same window again and stole all the cash that was available in the store. Escalante said it was just "a little bit of cash, the tiny bit amount of cash that we had, because we had put it all away and locked it all up."
During Friday's night's theft, though, security cameras at the business captured the suspect on film leaving the scene.
Escalante said she's been floored by all the love she's getting from her customers and Portland's coffee community. She said other coffee shops have even sent customers her way.
"Bad stuff is going to happen, no matter what," she said. "If we can all just take care of each in the meantime, then we're going to be OK."
If anyone recognizes the suspect, they should call the Portland police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.