An unknown number of thieves cut the security cables around merchandise outside Wild Hare Vintage in downtown Snoqualmie Thursday night, Sept. 8, stealing more than $1,000 worth of items from in front and in back of the store.
Wild Hare Vintage co-owner Iya Brown said the theft of a five-foot, wood-and-steel wagon wheel, a steel railway handcart wheel and an eight-foot piece of wrought iron fencing occurred between 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday morning.
“We had (things) cabled to the building,” Brown said. “They cut through that Kevlar bike cable and took that, as well.”
She estimated the loss, which included a few items from the back of the building as well, at more than $1,000 and has filed a police report. This is only her second theft from the store, since she She also wanted to spread the word to the business community that the theft had occurred.
“A number of us leave things out on the streetscape, up against our buildings,” she explained. Often it’s for practical purposes, such as the size and weight of the stolen wagon wheel. “It takes wo men and a boy to move that wheel,” she said.
Brown’s security cameras, focused on the interior of the building, will likely not aid police in capturing the suspects, she said, adding that “it might behoove the city” of Snoqualmie to consider installing security cameras in the trees opposite that block of Railroad Avenue, to improve pedestrian safety and reduce crime.
Several businesses do leave merchandise or furniture outside overnight, generally secured to the building in some way. Snoqualmie Police Captain Nick Almquist, when asked about thefts of such outdoor items, said the department didn’t see a lot of it.