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Cash Mob brings help to coffee bar hit by robbers

Black Rock shop on Pacific Highway has been robbed twice


Dozens of people are showing their support for a Tigard coffee shop after it was robbed twice in two weeks.

Tigard Police were called to Black Rock Coffee Bar at 15290 S.W. Pacific Highway at about 7:35 p.m. Nov. 7, after a man wearing a bandana over his face climbed in through the kiosk’s drive-thru window with a gun and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

It was the second time in two weeks that a robber had broken into the kiosk. Police said that both robberies were likely committed by the same man.

When Jenifer DeWolfe found out that her local coffee shop had been robbed, she wanted to do something to show her support.

“We felt really bad, they haven’t been in business that long,” said DeWolfe, a regular customer at the coffee shop.

On Sunday, Nov. 18, DeWolfe is organizing a “cash mob” at the kiosk from 2 to 4 p.m., she is hoping as many people as possible visit the shop and buy coffee and other items.

DeWolfe became friends with the shop’s owner, Justin Lesher, after their children began attending the same school.

Participants are asked to bring between $10 to $20 in cash to purchase items and donate the left over cash to the company, DeWolfe said.

“I wanted to get everybody there so people know what happened and hopefully stop it from happening again, and of course help them monetarily,” she said.

Participants of the cash mob are encouraged to park nearby and use the walk-up window.

Lesher said he was amazed when he heard that people wanted to host a special event supporting the store.

“I thought it was a very generous gesture, “ he said. “It took me by surprise. It’s awesome. It means a lot and we have gotten a lot of feedback that they are thinking about us. It means a lot that they care about us.”

The robber first came to the store on Oct. 27 and climbed through the coffee shop’s drive-up window, pulled out a large knife and demanded money from the cash register.

The man returned Nov. 7 and climbed through the window again, this time brandishing a handgun.

The man was described as 5-foot-8 with a medium build, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, black gloves, dark pants and a bandana over his face.

Tigard police and a K-9 search team scoured the area, but the man was not found.

Lesher said the support he has already received from the community has been great.

“One of reason why I started this business was to support school fundraisers and sports teams, and here we are having the community of Tigard supporting us,” Lesher said. “I think that’s really amazing and we feel very blessed to have the customers we do.”

The cash mob takes place on the store’s one year anniversary.



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