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Octavia’s Bookstore Burglarized

Published on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 | 9:24 am

Octavia’s Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Pasadena that highlights BIPOC authors was burglarized on Sunday, June 5. Police confirmed that unknown suspects entered the store and stole $100 from the cash register.

The burglary occurred between 7:00 p.m. on June 4 and 10:00 a.m. on June 5. The store at 1361 North Hill Ave. was closed during this time.

The owner of the store, Nikki High, discovered the burglary when she arrived to open the store on Monday morning.

Pasadena police are investigating.

Octavia’s Bookstore is reportedly the first Black-owned bookstore in Pasadena. It is named after Octavia E. Butler, a famous Black Pasadena science fiction author whose works earned both the prized Hugo and Nebula literary awards. Butler died in 2006.

The store opened in February 2023 and has reportedly been successful since its opening.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241 or report information anonymously by contacting “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), via your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile App on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website

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