A few stores in Ballard have been hit by a group of teenagers who have been sneaking into back rooms and stealing employees’ belongings.
Paula Lukoff from Classic Consignment wrote about her experience on the My Ballard Group, after their store was robbed on February 28.
She says a group of three to five young teenagers “wearing hoodies and loose baggy clothing” entered the store and distracted the staff while one boy snuck into the back room to look for wallets. Lukoff says the boys then purchase Visa cards at local QFCs with the stolen credit cards.
Charlene Drake, an employee at Kitchen N Things told KIRO 7 that they hit her shop as well. Both her wallet and cellphone were stolen last month out of her purse that was in the store’s stockroom.
Another store that was targeted is ReStyle for Ryther Thrift Shop.
The stores have filed police reports, but so far, no suspects have been identified.
“Please be aware – if you see something odd while your shopping in Ballard– alert the staff,” Lukoff writes.