SPOKANE, Wash. - Robbers targeted two Spokane coffee stands in the last three days, the last crook flashing a gun before demanding cash, setting baristas on edge.
The last coffee stand robbery took place at Jitterz Java on Northwest Blvd. The crook grabbed the cash and ran into a nearby neighborhood. A K-9 track by police was unsuccessful but that doesn't mean the chase is off.
Monday morning on West Garland, a man ordered coffee at Mug Shots Espresso, then robbed the barista, hinting that he has a gun. Tuesday night on Northwest Blvd. a similar situation at Jitterz Java though in that incident a man displayed a gun and ran off with the cash. Two coffee stands in two days, but police say this doesn't necessarily mean the crimes are connected.
"It means that we rely heavily on people to give us tips about who those people might be especially with video from the first robbery," said Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller.
Wednesday morning it was business as usual for Bean Stalk coffee stand owner Ashley Loomis who works down the street from Jitterz.
"It's just one of those things you hope never happens," said Loomis.
Loomis has been serving loyal customers for almost a decade. Like any small business she says, robberies are something that are always a possibility. These last two don't change that.
"As for, like, being more scared now, no," said Loomis.
Loomis says her neighbors help keep an eye on things.
"We do have a lot of walk up customers with being where we are at," said Loomis.
She also keeps mace by the window and two years ago she decided to increase her security just a little more.
"The world is a little scarier, so now I bring my weapon with me," said Loomis.
While police haven't determined if the two robberies are connected they do say they are concerned and are actively investigating.
"Luckily nobody was injured but we would definitely be following up these cases because we want to make sure we get this guy into custody before something does escalate," Fuller said.
Anyone with information on these two crimes should contact Crime Check at 456-2233.