Spokane hobby store shoplifter caught on camera

A Spokane hobby store is asking for any information after a man was caught on camera stealing a RC car.

Hobbytown USA Spokane posted video of a snatch-and-grab. Matt Hobson, the owner, says you can see their employee ringing up the man at the cash register, and the man opens up his wallet. But then, he suddenly closes it and takes off.

As you can imagine, it’s frustrating to see this happen. Matt says they’ve owned this business since 2003 and the RC car was worth about $200.

“We're not a big conglomerate. We're a mom-and-pop shop,” he says. “So when somebody steals something from this store they're stealing actually from the public and our employees and we don't have the chance to sell that cool stuff to somebody else.”

Since posting the video to Facebook, they’ve gotten a positive community response, something they’re grateful for, especially because when the theft happened, two of their customers also leapt into action to help, and tried chasing down the criminal.

Now, Matt just has a message for the shoplifter.

“If this gentleman decides to come forward and give back the product, I'll forgive him. It's just you're taking away something that could be for a little boy, or a family, or something,” he says.

This happened on Thursday, March 8, shortly after 3:30 p.m. If you know anything, call Crime Check (509) 456-2233.

(story: Katie Chen, KHQ.com; photo & video: Hobbytown USA, Spokane)

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