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Business owner believes burglars are targeting her

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Chaps restaurant remains open despite an early morning burglary Monday, when perps made off with almost $20,000 in electronics and cash. Chaps restaurant remains open despite an early morning burglary Monday, when perps made off with almost $20,000 in electronics and cash.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Chaps restaurant remains open despite an early morning burglary Monday, when perps made off with almost $20,000 in electronics and cash.

"It was just devastating," Chaps' owner Celeste Shaw said.

Shaw remains emotional after the crime she called "violating." But her concern isn't solely about this crime and the loss that followed. She fears for her family because her other business, Lucky Detour, was burglarized 72 hours before.

"I can't help but wonder if they're connected," she said.

That burglary seemed strange, as the perps threw a brick through a window and destroyed part of the outer wall, but took less than $100 of cheap jewelry.

"It seems very odd," Megan Shaw, Lucky Detour's co-owner said.

Spokane Police say they don't believe the two incidents are connected after their initial investigation, because the two M.O.'s are too different, but they are still considering all possibilities, including the two crimes being connected.

As for Celeste Shaw, she won't let the crimes slow her down. She says Chaps has received a tremendous outpour of support from the community, which has her motivated to keep the place running despite the financial concerns.

"We're opening our doors and we're proving that we're not going to be a victim," Celeste Shaw said.

"Whoever is committing these crimes has underestimated Spokane and what we represent."

If you know anything about these burglaries, please call Crime Check at 509-456-2233. 

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