Thefts costing Seattle retailers as holiday shopping season begins

At Queen Anne Dispatch, co-owner Sabrina Rinderle is trying to recover from being targeted by thieves at least twice this month.

SEATTLE — At Queen Anne Dispatch, co-owner Sabrina Rinderle is trying to recover from two bad weeks.

A screened window and door at her business premises.

“They tried to break down the other door and the side window, but they couldn’t get in,” Rinderle said.

However, a week before that, security cameras had captured the image of someone smashing the door.

“That person actually went in and took over $20,000 worth of merchandise,” Rinderle said.

She says it’s wholesale value, but when you calculate its timing, it will cost her more.

“We will most likely recover the money, the wholesale loss, but not the sales during this time,” she explains. Our time in December is how we can carry on for the whole year.”

Other businesses are feeling it too. At Honed, in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle, the owner posted information about the jewelry business being ransacked this month, with inventory taken at a critical time. On a fundraising page, the owner wrote, “the holiday season is when most small businesses make about 75% of their sales.”

“My husband has been coming here in the middle of the night for the last two nights because we can’t even sleep,” Rinderle told clients Friday.

“I’m definitely at fault. Endless hope. I mean, I love this city. And so we’re going to move on and we’re going to do what we can to protect our store and merchandise. But as far as hoping what the city will do, I don’t know,” she said.

Rinderle and other Oueen Anne business owners plan to meet with a Seattle city council member next month to discuss their safety concerns.

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