“One drawer they stole had 35,000 cards in it,” said Christina Sagrelius, an employee at Zulu’s. “They took this drawer, this drawer and this drawer down here,” she said, opening up each empty drawer.
She showed KIRO7 one card that the thieves left behind.
“This card is at $160 by itself. We had a lot of them up here that they all took,” Sagrelius said. “They did this knowing it was a family-run store. It’s just like, why would you do that? This is their livelihood,” she said.
Zulu's says it already had a robust security system, with cameras everywhere.
However, they said it's clear whoever did this had been here before. The burglars even stole a hard drive hidden near the ceiling that stored the café’s security footage.
“It blew me away,” Zaremba said.
Customers say the place is special.
“It’s home away from home, you know?” said Hunter Heinze, who was at Zulu’s playing “Magic” Friday.
“It’s upsetting, it really is. We all got respect for these cards, respect for the game, respect for the people who are behind the counter,” Heinze said.
The business said it’s been seeing a rush of community support since Thursday’s break-in, and that's how they know they'll be OK.
“It’s been nonstop. It's a good community. It's why I got into this. The community is the best part,” Zaremba said. “We’ll survive.”
Zulu's has already tightened its security and said it’s working with Bothell police to check the two neighboring banks for surveillance video of the burglars.