Several Capitol Hill small businesses face repeated break-ins

In the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, several small businesses are facing repeated burglaries. On Wednesday night, the Tea Addicts shop had its front door kicked in and its safe stolen. This is the store’s second burglary in six months.

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“It’s really scary to think about,” says employee Matt Yamamoto. “I especially feel bad for my managers. Because they have to start all over again.

On Thursday morning, a block away, Life on Mars, a vegan restaurant, had one of its doors smashed.

“It’s really disheartening at this point. We’ve been robbed several times now. It feels like the 10th time, it’s probably the fifth or sixth,” says restaurant manager Annie Arrasmith.

Next door, a chocolate factory managed to avoid recent burglaries, but wrote on its Facebook page in December that it had been vandalized in the past.

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Even with many businesses in the area installing security cameras, armored doors and alarms, this was not enough to deter vandals. Some business owners tell KIRO 7 that repeated break-ins have cost them thousands of dollars in damages.

Arrasmith credits the Capitol Hill community for helping businesses deal with rising crime.

“There are people around us who support us when needed. And it’s going to be necessary for all of us to try to do that for a while.

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