Tucson-based Summit Hut suffered another blow over the weekend when a thief, dressed in a Spiderman costume, smashed their front window, dashed to a nearby display, and grabbed $7,300 worth of Garmin, GoPro and Suunto merchandise. Local police are investigating.
This is the latest in a rash of robberies. Since the store opened in October 2015, close to $16,000 worth of merchandise has been stolen.
Summit Hut has been posting video and photos of the robberies on their Facebook page and they’ve appeared on local news channels. “Since our initial exposure around the January robbery, the ‘scumbag factor’ of people walking in our store has decreased dramatically,” owner Jeremy Davis told SNEWS. “Ultimately we’re just trying to bring awareness to the Summit Hut and Tucson communities that this sort of thing is happening to retailers all over this city. It’s a safety issue and we shouldn’t be complaining when we try to raise taxes for the police force.”
Davis now talks to his staff every morning. He tells them, “You should be mad, I’m mad. But what we need to focus on is making the 99.9 percent of our customers that are good people feel comfortable in our store. We can’t let this distract us from what we do on a day to day basis, which is to deliver the absolute best service we can to our customers.”