Community shows love after Vinyl Resting Place break-ins

The first break-in occurred before dawn on Thursday, March 7. The front door glass was shattered and cash register taken with several thousand dollars. Vinyl Resting Place, a small St. Johns record shop owned by Steve Cook, had to close down so the massive gap could be repaired. But before that could happen, the business was struck again on Sunday in the early morning hours. This time the same burglar smashed the two large front display windows and stole a laptop.

Vinyl Resting Place with a shattered window
Vinyl Resting Place with a shattered window

When Cook reviewed the surveillance video, he recognized the backpack of the burglar at both break-ins. He realized he’d seen the same man in his store. What’s more, only hours after the second incident he spotted the man across the street hanging out. Cook called the police. They arrested the suspect, Duwayne Erickson.

According to media sources Erickson was released the same day but didn’t show up for his Monday court appearance (KOIN).

Steve Cook, owner of Vinyl Resting Place, standing by his storefront
Steve Cook, owner, standing by his storefront

Cook has literally been left to pick up the pieces with all three storefront windows destroyed within a few days. Besides the expense of replacing them, he’s had to close down for repairs and to go to court to give testimony losing open hours. When interviewed by the North Peninsula Review soon after the burglaries, Cook appeared stressed, and discouraged. He said he’d been considering ways to keep his business safe.

But there’s a silver lining. The North Portland community has rallied around Cook and Vinyl Resting Place. When the store has been open, customers have flocked in to pick out their favorite records. Lanie, the owner of nearby Groovy Floret Cafe, started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the losses and the sudden expense of massive repairs.

Vinyl Resting Place interior
Interior of the store. Photo by Deanna Cantrell.
Courtesy of St. Johns Boosters.

Lanie, said, “As a neighbor and fellow business owner in the heart of St. Johns, I know how hard it is to stay afloat. Break-ins, vandalism and theft are more than a financial burden. It’s an emotional setback that makes the whole endeavor feel not worth it. This is how neighborhoods wither away and become nothing more than empty storefronts. Please consider throwing a few dollars in to help Vinyl Resting Place recover from yet another break-in.”

If you would like help Vinyl Resting Place recover from the theft and broken windows please go to the GoFundMe site.