The Rock City Cake Company in Logan County, West Virginia serves up a huge selection of sugary treats, but things haven't been so sweet for them in recent weeks. The cake shop has been robbed three times in just a matter of months.
The thieves started out by stealing money and computers, but this Thursday they decided to leave their mark behind. On Friday morning shop owners came in to find the door busted open and graffiti covering different parts of the shop. The robbers wrote things like "we got in" and left the initials "S+B" on tables and on the floor.
"We would take the shirts off our backs for anyone but all they want to do is steal and break things" says shop cashier Morgan Morrison. She told me about how hard the owners have worked to get their feet on the ground and how discouraging it is to take money away from the shop to buy things like surveillance cameras.
Although money is tight, the shop just purchased a brand new $800 camera system. They felt that having cameras all over the property may be the only way to keep people out.
Sadly, this shop isn't the only one that is being plagued by crime in Logan. Morrison also said other shops have been broken into and cars that line the streets have been getting keyed.
"I have lived in the city for 25 years and I've never seen it quite this bad" says Sharon Hopkins, a long time Logan resident. She said even her house has been broken into and vandalized. She decided a camera system was needed at her house as well.
Although things at the bakery may be hard right now, workers are coming together to watch the shop as closely as they can. They are taking day long shifts at the shop without pay to keep thieves from coming in.
Their new security system should arrive in a few days.