UPLAND >> A current incident at Rad Espresso has rattled the nerves of not solely the coffeehouse’s house owners however those that function different companies downtown.
Some say they have been already shaken by what they name a wave of legal exercise unbecoming of the town’s historic space. Police say, nevertheless, that notion doesn’t essentially match actuality.
Dave Stevens with the Cooper Regional Historical past Museum has a principle: He attributes the current crime wave to the unlawful medical marijuana dispensaries within the south finish of the downtown.
Since three marijuana outlets illegally opened within the former Glovers Second Ave Mall over the summer time, he claims the museum, Vape Gatsby and Genoveva’s Positive Mexican Restaurant have additionally been focused by criminals.
“It’s got to cease, it’s actually acquired to cease,” Stevens stated in a current plea to the Metropolis Council to take motion. “My director stated she’s afraid to be in downtown as a result of it’s a harmful place.”
Historic Downtown Upland, a gaggle of downtown enterprise house owners, is internet hosting a gathering for its members Tuesday night time to deal with the problems. Metropolis officers are anticipated to be in attendance.
Upland police Capt. Anthony Yoakum stated it’s exhausting to pin the exercise on the dispensaries. The primary unlawful dispensary opened in July; the next month, a second one opened; and the third popped up in September, he stated.
It’s gotten so dangerous, Stevens stated he needs to ask the police chief for a allow to hold a hid gun.
“I feel we should have a vigilante committee, if the police and the town can’t do something about it,” he stated. “We now have to go right down to the proprietor of the (mall) constructing and exhibit. We have to do one thing, it’s harmful within the downtown.” However police are on prime of the unlawful dispensaries, Yoakum stated. One was closed Wednesday and the remaining two have been shut down Friday, Yoakum stated.
Officers are nonetheless working the case of the burglaries at Rad Espresso, he added.
Thieves hit Rad Espresso twice within the span of eleven days, taking not solely cash in each situations however gear through the second incident.
It’s uncommon, even with will increase in crimes resembling robberies, to have these incidents happen so intently, Upland police Lt. Cliff Mathews stated.
“We do a radical report of what Half 1 crimes have occurred and we map them. I haven’t seen something to point a specific spike within the downtown space,” Mathews stated. Half 1 crimes are thought-about probably the most critical.
However that does little or no to ease the considerations of Stevens, who stated thieves made off with sound gear from the Cooper Museum’s courtyard.
The quaint, however quiet downtown has seen many companies come and go. Rad Espresso has been one of many few to seek out success.
Rad Espresso’s Jade Valore stated she has spoken with different store house owners who’ve additionally expressed considerations.
“It’s scary. We couldn’t consider it occurred to us the primary time and may’t be consider it occurred…