AtWork! endures theft, vandalism

February 7, 2012

By Tom Corrigan

Over the weekend of Jan. 21-22, someone broke into the grounds of the Issaquah AtWork! recycling facility on Northwest Juniper Street.

But, contrary to rumors, the thieves did not cause extensive damage or make off with enough in stolen goods that AtWork! clients lost any work, according to CEO Chris Brandt.

Based in Bellevue, AtWork! serves persons with special needs, aiding them with finding employment or providing them with employment.

Police reports show that on the morning of Jan. 23, AtWork! officials reported someone cut the wires on three machines at the Issaquah AtWork! facility, Issaquah Police Patrol Sgt. Bob Porter said. Police reports further said about 200 feet of wire was taken. Police put the value of the theft at about $1,500; Brandt said that was roughly the cost of repairs.

The AtWork! facility was then the victim of another crime. At about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 28, police arrested two people who allegedly were attempting to leave At Work! with various computer parts, Porter said. The two were charged with obstructing justice and third-degree theft.

The suspects are a Redmond man, 44, and a transient woman, 46. Police were alerted to the scene by a call from a resident, whom Porter praised. Officers have been giving the area around the recycling center extra attention, he said, but added police obviously can’t be everywhere at all times.

Following the earlier incident, the damage to AtWork! equipment was repaired quickly, Brandt said. The facility was never closed because of the incident, she said. The incident reported Jan. 23 was not the first time the AtWork! recycling center has been the target of criminals, she added.

“None of the incidents were significant enough to hurt the operations of the center,” Brandt said.

Center officials now are looking at ways to quickly beef up surveillance and security at the site.

Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or tcorrigan@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

 

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