Thieves carted away thousands of dollars in computers, video and photography equipment from a Capitol Hill business.
The building near Boylston and Pine streets is home to several different artists; who now face an uncertain future without their tools.
“This is just an artist’s paradise,” Sara Kiesler explained.
Kiesler’s boyfriend Chris Rodgers has his stop-motion animation business in the shared space.
“What we sort of wanted was a random group of people that we can all work together and complement each other,” Rodgers said.
Seven different businesses collaborate about photography, animation, sound and art.
It's a passion for the people who work here and how they make a living.
“I’m not making a killing at it but I love doing it,” Rodgers said.
That's why what happened Wednesday night cuts deep.
“They broke through the door with a chisel tool,” Rodgers said.
Once inside, they took thousands of dollars in computers, cameras, lenses, and other equipment.
“It took a while after that shock to actually look around and start to notice that stuff is gone,” Rodgers said.
The brazen thieves also left behind a smug calling card.
“They left a card that was a photography insurance card,” Rodgers explained.
This burglary comes just months after a fire damaged some of their equipment.
"I was just getting back to work again and I've lost all my equipment,” he explained.
Rodgers isn’t able to complete the projects he’s been working on.
“You just have to kind of work out how to get back to where you were.”
Seattle police took fingerprints at the scene, but they're also hoping someone might have noticed suspicious activity and give them a call with information.