Damage inside Pawn Express in Kent after a driver smashed a stolen pickup Nov. 12 into the store. COURTESY PHOTO, Pawn Express

Damage inside Pawn Express in Kent after a driver smashed a stolen pickup Nov. 12 into the store. COURTESY PHOTO, Pawn Express

Downtown Kent business suffers major damage after attempted break in

Pawn Express employee calls it ‘traumatic’ to be crime victim after driver rams truck into store

Pawn Express in downtown Kent suffered an estimated $75,000 to $100,000 in damages after a man reportedly rammed a stolen truck into the business.

The man, who as of Nov. 18 remained at large, allegedly stole a Ford F-150 from Way Scarff Ford in Auburn, broke into a cabinet shop in Kent to steal tools and then tried to break in to Pawn Express, 320 E. Gowe St., according to Yuriy Khryukin, a Pawn Express employee who reached out to the Kent Reporter.

The Pawn Express security system sent a burglar alarm alert at about 9:32 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Kent Police were dispatched. The man fled the scene before officers arrived. He did not enter the business.

Video surveillance from the businesses captured the man inside the truck. Videos also showed the man ramming into Pawn Express and speeding away.

“Outside it appeared just the metal shutters had been damaged,” Khryukin said in an email. “Once inside, the true extent of the damage was revealed. The entire glass section had been shattered, door knocked off its hinges, support beams pushed in and folding gate mangled.”

The estimate repair/replacement cost is $75,000 to $100,000, Khryukin said.

“The rolling shutter that was installed about a year and half ago was damaged and may need to be completely replaced,” he said. “There were two approximately 20 feet by 6 feet pieces of tempered, armored glass that were completely shattered. The glass door and folding gates behind them were also destroyed and the frame pushed in. A 6 feet by 6 feet tall glass showcase was smashed along with many glass and crystal pieces inside. The door of a smaller case was also broken, rendering it unusable.”

Pawn Express opened in 2013 on East Gowe Street but has been in Kent about 25 years.

The cabinet shop suffered about $4,000 damage and had about $400 worth of tools taken.

“It is traumatic to be a victim of a crime like this, and keeps you up at night,” Khryukin said. “It is overwhelming to try to manage this level of repair, while still operating a small business. We have less than 10 employees and do not have labor to spare. In addition to the repair, we are doing everything we can to see this criminal brought to justice.”

Khryukin said crime has become too common in town.

“Like most businesses in Kent, we have experienced multiple acts of vandalism, and crime throughout the years,” he said.

Pawn Express posted photos of the man in the truck to its Facebook page. The stolen truck was recovered, according to Way Scarff Ford.

Kent Police haven’t been much help.

“The police have told us zero about this case,” Khryukin said. “We, the victims, are working together to figure out what happened and try to identify this guy by social media.”

Kent Police have not responded to a Kent Reporter email for information about the case.

“We hope the photos will help,” Khryukin said. “He was armed (a gun could be seen in truck photo) and is dangerous. We just hope he’s caught before he potentially hurts someone next time.”

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

Pawn Express, 320 E. Gowe St., suffered about $75,000 to $100,000 in damages after an attempted break in. COURTESY PHOTO, Pawn Express

Pawn Express, 320 E. Gowe St., suffered about $75,000 to $100,000 in damages after an attempted break in. COURTESY PHOTO, Pawn Express

More in Business

FAA closes Kent-based Blue Origin flight mishap investigation

Agency requires company to implement 21 corrective actions before next launch

Kent salon owner bounces back from shop’s building fire

Wilder and Free Beauty Company sustains damage in Sept. 2 fire; seeks temporary location

Seattle Children’s to close downtown Kent thrift store

Kent Bargain Boutique opened 28 years ago

Dante is from the Netherlands and currently lives at Serenity Equine. He is a therapy horse who works with veterans from the Odyssey Project for Wounded Warriors. (Photos by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing)
King County horse rescue organization falls on hard times

The Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation in Maple Valley is one of the top local horse rescues, but it’s struggling amid the aftermath of the pandemic and the increasing cost of hay. The rescue will hold a fundraising benefit Sept. 9.

File photo.
Environmental law group threatens to sue tire manufacturers over pollutants

Chemicals in tires allegedly end up in waterways and harm salmon populations.

In total, Boeing has awarded $500,000 in grants to Renton School Foundation. Photo courtesy of Renton School Foundation.
Boeing awards $250k grant to Renton School Foundation

The grant will help support mathematic development in the Renton School District

Dick’s Drive-In opened July 27 on the west side of the Commons Mall, facing Pacific Highway South. (Photo by Bruce Honda)
Order up: Dick’s Drive-In now open in Federal Way

Opened July 27 at The Commons Mall at South 320th Street and Pacific Highway South

File photo
Grant funding goes to King County hospitality businesses

Washington State Dept. of Commerce gives $79 million across the state’s hospitality sector.

NASA awards $35M contract to Blue Origin in Kent for solar power on the Moon

Company plans to turn Moon dust, crushed rock into solar-power systems

14 Kent hospitality businesses receive pandemic recovery grants

State Department of Commerce awards funds to hotels, bars, restaurants

Bridge Industrial buys 13-acre site in Kent for large warehouse

Property purchased for $8.5 million; site of former aluminium smelter to be cleaned up

Washington State Space Summit puts Kent front and center | Photos

Kent-based Blue Origin hosts NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, U.S. Sen. Cantwell and industry leaders