FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – They used to be paying customers. Now, four suspects have received felony burglary charges for targeting two small businesses.
According to court documents, Joshua Nolt, Dylan Rodgers, and Christopher Martin broke into The Bean Cafe coffee shop and Cloud 9 hookah lounge off Wells Street around 1:30 a.m. December 17.
Rogers, 19, is said to have thrown a brick through the front door of Cloud 9. Once inside, Nolt and Martin took about $2,000 in glass smoking pipes. Rodgers swiped the entire cash register inside The Bean Cafe, which had a couple hundred dollars inside.
A fourth suspect, Austin Goodwin, 19, is said to have picked them up in a getaway vehicle. Court documents say Goodwin told police he traded some of the pipes for marijuana, which he later smoked at a motel.
A tip led officers to the four suspects, who apparently admitted to the crimes.
Cloud 9 and The Bean Cafe owner Patricia Richards said the four suspects are known customers. She’s thankful police caught them.
“It’s hard enough for a small business to survive as is,” Richards said. “For somebody to attack a place that they frequented…is just really disappointing to me.”
Richards has since boosted security. She expects to get back most of her stolen merchandise once the case works its way through the courts.
All four suspects have received felony burglary charges.