Over the course of one week, nine Federal Way businesses had their glass windows or doors shattered by an unknown suspect.
The most recent incident occurred at Biscuits Cafe in Federal Way. Eleven windows of the restaurant were smashed sometime overnight between Sunday, Oct. 10, and Monday, Oct. 11.
Police do not have any suspect information.
The police department is looking into several vandalism incidents and crimes along Pacific Highway, said Cmdr. Casey Jones.
“We know situations like this have significant impacts on business owners, employees, and community members,” Jones said.
The department has altered officers’ hours and have brought in additional officers to stop these crimes from happening, Jones added.
While the vandalism incidents in the area have the same circumstances, police have not fully linked them yet, Jones said.
“We do not yet have a suspect identified, but we are still investigating and making attempts to find the person responsible,” he said.
According to police records, the first incident of the shattering series took place around 11 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Advanced Auto Parts store. Police responded to the store, at 33530 Pacific Highway South, to find windows broken, but no entry was made into the building.
In the next day, six more businesses reported similar vandalism: their glass doors or windows were shattered by large rocks or other objects, but no entry was made into the businesses.
Jeremy Olsen, store manager of Greg’s Japanese Auto Repair, said he was sitting in his office doing paperwork when he heard a loud noise.
“I thought someone shot the building,” he said. He walked into the lobby and waiting area of the auto store and “the window exploded in front of me.”
Olsen attempted to talk to the suspect who threw a metal water meter cap into the window, but he was “acting disturbed” and ran into the street when told to leave, Olsen said.
The auto repair shop has been vandalized twice in the last month, he said, and repairing the damage costs about $2,000 for each incident. In addition, the shop has had its fence cut, building burglarized, and fires started by people outside the building.
“It’s a common occurrence,” Olsen said.
The vandalized businesses include:
Oct 6:Advanced Auto Parts store, 33530 Pacific Highway South, around 11 p.m.
Gravity Coffee, 33510 Pacific Highway South, around 11:30 p.m.
Oct. 7:Banner Bank, 34600 Pacific Highway South, around 12:39 a.m.
All Right Auto Sales, 33333 Pacific Highway South, around 1:42 a.m.
Greg’s Japanese Auto Repair, 1506 S. 348th Street, around 6:33 a.m.
Franciscan Medical Clinic, 34616 11th Place S., reported around 7:30 a.m.
Blooming Dental, 33838 Pacific Highway South, around 8:40 a.m.
Oct. 10:Office Depot, 1407 S. 348th Street, reported around 9:50 a.m.
Oct. 11:Biscuits Cafe, 35100 Enchanted Parkway South, around 4:38 a.m.