Their mission was to walk out with as much liquor as possible. Four women and a man loaded up with what was on the shelves and left. One of them threatened an employee with a tazer when they tried to stop the thieves.
"Alcohol in general has always been a higher-ticket item to steal," said police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.
They left in a car in the parking lot that was later recovered. Police interviewed the owner and are following up on leads. The suspects are believed to be from the Portland area.
"We are certainly looking at whether this is an organized group or whether it was just a group of people that had an idea to collectively steal," Kapp added.
Police say they are seeing an increase in organized crimes. They can get their hands on more and get out faster.
Stores in Washington such as Safeway are allowed to sell liquor after the state was voted out of the business in November of 2011.