Rolling Bay Cafe burglarized in Christmas looting

A little more than $450, a safe and cash register were discovered stolen from Rolling Bay Cafe Christmas Day.

Bainbridge Island police were dispatched to the burglary at 3:22 p.m. Dec. 25 after an employee, who was dropping by to pick something up, found the back door window shattered.

According to police documents, officers found an iPad and several money bags on the floor of the cafe. The cash register was gone and a cabinet that had previously stored the safe was emptied.

Shortly after police arrived on the scene, the cafe owner joined them. She explained she had closed the shop the previous night at about 5:30 p.m. The missing safe, she said, had contained approximately $450 in cash and 20 unissued gift cards when she left. The register held an additional $10 in coins.

An hour before closing, however, the owner told police a suspicious man came into the cafe, bought a small item and hung around the shop.

She explained that the man lives in the area and is well-known to the police and court.

Around closing time, she said she was the only business in the area still open. She was also the only one in the area other than the man when she left.

The owner added that she normally turns the outside lights on, but due to the long holiday, she decided to save power by leaving them off.

Police have documented a 12-by-10-by-4-inch taupe fireproof safe and a black square cash drawer that was approximately 12-by-14 inches as stolen from the business.

The owner explained the cash register was recently purchased, and she would look for the paperwork for more details on its description.

Upon investigation, a forensic analysis was done in an effort to identify a suspect.

Officers attempted to lift prints from the iPad that was left behind and connects to the register to record transactions, but received negative results.

They also attempted to lift prints from the door lock, but again received negative results.

On close examination, police found circular dent patterns on the door frame as if someone had struck it. It appeared someone used a hammer or similar device to smash the double-paned window near the lock.

The outer pane looked to have been broken first, and then a second hit to the window broke the inner pane, leaving space for the person to reach in and unlock the door.

The estimated cost of damage to the window was $100.

While a tool used to smash the window could not be found, police located a footprint nearby that could be related to the crime.

Police also checked Bay Hay & Feed and found the burglary was confined to the cafe.

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