Kerns businesses go cashless after rash of burglaries

Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A rash of burglaries in Portland’s Kerns Neighborhood has many businesses going cashless. 

The Portland Police Bureau said 89 burglaries were reported in the neighborhood from April of 2018 to this year. 

One of the targeted businesses has decided to make some changes after it was broken into twice within a matter of days. 

Nova Coffee on Northeast 20th Avenue was burglarized in May. Sydney Whitacre, a barista at the coffee shop, told KOIN 6 News she thinks whoever broke used a crowbar at around 3 a.m. 

“They knew where our safe and our cash box was,” she said. “They just took that and left. No iPads, no anything else was stolen.” 

Whitacre said the second break-in happened 5 days later. She thinks the same person left empty-handed because the shop had stopped accepting cash. 

She also thinks Nova Coffee isn’t the only shop being targeted. 

“All the other businesses, even like the construction around, has been broken into, too,” Whitacre said. “We are thinking maybe it is the same person or maybe it is a group of people that are just scouting the area.” 

Until the break-ins come to an end, Whitacre says Nova Coffee will continue to run a cashless business. 

“I know some of our customers are cash only. Hopefully, we will be able to bring that back.” 

If you have any information about the crimes, please contact the Portland Police Department at 503.823.3333.

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