Happy’s Shaved Ice offering reward after being burglarized twice in a month
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Happy’s Shaved Ice owners are hoping someone in the community will come forward with information to catch the burglars who stole money from the business. Both burglaries happened at the 50th and Ave. Q location.
“Someone we trusted, cared for, and knew well enough to be involved with the deeper workings of the shop has betrayed us,” co-owners Kaydi and Tyler Griffis said on Facebook.
On Facebook, the owners commented, “This is absolutely an inside job. Neither one of these boys have ever worked for us, though.”
On Oct. 25, 2021, at 2:42 a.m., “two young black males were given a team member’s code to open the door, unlock and clear out our safe and cash drawers,” the Facebook post reads. In the surveillance video, you can hear them talking to each other.
Then on Nov. 21, 2021, at 4 a.m., the business was hit again. In the first video, the owners believe a male breaks in again, this time alone and through the window. The surveillance video shows him talking on the phone the entire time with someone else, who the owners believe to be the other person in the first burglary. You can hear him talking on the phone in the surveillance video.
Kaydi Griffis describes the first moment she saw the surveillance footage.
“At first, it’s scary honestly when you’re watching it, and it’s kind of unbelievable. You just don’t think that it’s going to happen,” she said.
Griffis says insurance won’t cover their loss. These burglaries come only two years after the exact location was torn down because of a devastating fire. For Griffis, this isn’t about the money but knowing their trust was betrayed.
“You know, we really value and love our staff. And anyone that’s made it up to the point that they can access the safe has had a really close relationship with us. And so, not everyone has access to that. And so then it’s just, it hurts,” Griffis said.
Police reports have been filed for both burglaries. According to the Lubbock Police Department, no arrests have been made, and police have not released descriptions of the burglars.
The owners describe the first burglar as a black male, tall, and most likely in high school. He was wearing gray-striped Adidas joggers and gray shoes during one burglary and a red hoodie and Air Jordans in the other.
The owners describe the second burglar as a black male, taller, with tattoos on his left arm down to his wrist. He also has tattoos on the back and top of his left wrist. He was wearing a bracelet and two chain necklaces and had three or four strands of twist bangs. The owners believe him to be young, possibly in high school.
The owners are offering a reward for information on these burglaries. Griffis says police advised they post the videos on social media so people can help identify the burglars.
“Even though we had some suspicions, this just kind of helps validate those suspicions. And the more help that we get and the more reaching out will just help in that process so that justice can be served,” Griffis said.
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