Coffee shop, dessert bar in Providence has thousands of dollars stolen during break-in

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Sin on Westminster Street in Providence was the victim of a break-in last weekend.

An employee of the coffee shop, dessert bar and custom cake shop noticed while opening the store on Saturday morning that a window on the front door had been broken.

Owner Jennifer Luxmoore watched the footage on her surveillance cameras and noticed a man had broken in around 3 a.m. that morning and spent around 20 minutes inside. He’s seen checking the front register and then he made his way into Luxmoore’s office where she kept a safe.

Luxmoore said it had been a bit since she last went to the bank, so there was an unusual amount of money inside.

“There was like $2200 in the safe and then there was another envelope for our Friday on the desk which was another like $220,” Luxmoore said. “So about $2500 he got away with, plus the cost of the safe and then there were some gift cards in there.”

Her surveillance cameras caught the man carrying the safe outside, and she quickly turned that footage over to the police.

Luxmoore said she received an update from Providence Police officers on Wednesday morning that they may have found a potential suspect.

But, the loss of that cash is a big hit to the business. They’re already struggling during the pandemic, as sales are down 65% compared to last year at this time.

“I have the PPP loan so I was able to bring back some staff, but we’re not making as much as we need to pay rent, electricity, and salary. So that loan is really helpful, and any money that we’re getting I’m saving so that when that loan runs out, I can still pay the staff,” said Luxmoore. “So to have $2500, which is like, salary for a week or so, gone… That’s a hit.”

Since the news of the break-in spread, Luxmoore said she’s received an outpouring of support from friends and other businesses, some even offering to make promotional videos for her business.

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