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Burglar set sights on archery shop

Community rallies around owners with offers for help
by: Lisa K. Anderson Backpacks hung from this timber framework before a burglar made off with them.

It's not uncommon for Jacob and Chuck Feldhacker to arrive at their shop, Precision Archery, at 6 a.m. It's also not uncommon for police officers and sheriff's deputies to frequent the store.

So customers didn't think twice when they passed the shop on their morning commute, noticing it was open early and had a police car in the lot.

Jacob was stunned Thursday, Aug.11, when he noticed a shop window was smashed in and half of the shop inventory was missing, including 12 compound bows, seven recurve bows and a slew of hunting backpacks and other high-end, expensive gear. Altogether, $40,000 worth of retail items was taken.

The Sandy Police Department reports the burglary took place overnight, sometime before Jacob entered the shop.

Throughout the day following the burglary, concerned customers came in, offering donations of a security system, replacement inventory, window security bars and a fundraising barbecue for Saturday. Some were so upset they cried, Jacob said.

With archery season is about two weeks away, Jacob and Chuck said it's important to them that customers be acclimated to their equipment before the season begins.

They said there had been no prior issue before Thursday's burglary, and whoever was responsible for it 'knew what they were looking for.'

Jacob expressed no bitterness but said he was most discouraged that the burglar took the wages from he and his father for the rest of the year.

'It's what we count on -- what we live on,' Jacob said.

Josh Quinn, one of the Feldhacker's customers from Rhododendron, said his wife called him after she heard Precision Archery had been robbed. Without question, he came by the shop.

Precision Archery draws customers from across Oregon and even other states.

'We're a tight-knit group,' Quinn said. 'It's an addicting sport.'

A benefit barbecue Saturday brought in 50 people and donations from Mount Hood Polaris; Courtesy Ford; Northwest Auto Tech; customers Shannon and Mike Pierce, who donated a heater; Geren's Farm Supply; Les Schwab; and The Reel Tackle Shop.

As of Monday afternoon, the Sandy Police Department said there was no update on the case. To give a tip to the Sandy Police Department regarding this case, call 503-489-2195.