Photo by Matt Stensland
Eric Fisher, with Fisher Construction, arrives at The Click skate and snowboard shop Wednesday afternoon to board the store's front door after someone attempted to break into the Central Park Plaza shop Tuesday morning.
The Click is offering $500 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for an attempted break-in Tuesday morning, or for a burglary in December 2008. To reach store owner Joshua Kaufman, e-mail sales@theclickwor..., or call the store at 879-5861 with information.
Steamboat Springs The owner of The Click skate shop is offering a $500 reward for information after an attempted break-in Tuesday morning left the store's front window pocked with holes.
Owner Joshua Kaufman said the front window was recently installed after the old window was shot out in a December 2008 burglary.
On early Tuesday morning, police said, a bystander reportedly saw a person try to break into the Central Park Plaza shop's front window. Initial reports said a rock was used, but store manager Philip Johnston said store surveillance video shows that the person, wearing dark clothes, used a golf club to smash the window.
The damage to the window will cost about $700, Kaufman said, and with the addition of labor to clean the broken glass and replace the window, he said he expects the cost of the damage to be more than $1,000.
For information leading to the arrest of either the person responsible for the damage, or for the people involved in the December burglary, Kaufman said he would pay $500.
Kaufman lived in Steamboat Springs from 1991 to 2001 before moving to Park City, Utah. He said the incidents are causing financial turmoil for the small company.
"We're having a tough enough time as it is just staying in business the way things are right now. We would appreciate support rather than (people) robbing us," he said.
Kaufman declined to say how much merchandise was stolen in the December burglary, but said it was a substantial amount of clothing, accessories and merchandise. That robbery happened during a string of local robberies and attempted robberies in that month, but police said at the time that they were unsure whether the incidents were related.
The store also was broken into in 2001, but Kaufman said the store does not typically have problems with robberies or theft.
Johnston said the burglaries are especially frustrating because the store has supported local skaters since 1996.
"It's a bummer somebody's taking cheap shots at us," he said. "We're a huge supporter of skateboarding and snowboarding and longboarding, along with the whole lifestyle and clothing."
Johnston said that during the December burglary, thieves first tried to use tools to pry open the door. They then tried to shoot out a lock on the door, and finally shot out the window to enter the store. He said he was especially startled that a gun was used in the robbery.
"To find a bullet on your front counter when you come into the store in the morning is pretty sketch in Steamboat," he said. "It sucks because we're in one sense a target. It's a skate shop. We promote skating, but we promote it in a good environment."
Steamboat Springs Police Department Capt. Joel Rae said the investigation into both incidents is ongoing. He would not confirm or comment on the use of a gun.