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'A Lousy Deal:' Three Duluth Businesses Face Break-ins

Posted at: 11/10/2012 8:34 PM
Updated at: 11/10/2012 11:29 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe

Saturday morning marked the start of a hectic day for three Duluth businesses, finding their establishments broken into during the night.

Bixby's Cafe, Yarn Harbor and Dunn Bros. Coffee each faced forced entry by a suspect or suspects with possible attempted burglary. Employees at Bixby's arrived Saturday morning to find their back entrance and cash registers pried open with what they believe to have been a crowbar.

Supervisor Isabell Lacosse said change was scattered across the floor, but no cash is kept in the registers overnight. She said their safe wasn't tampered with, and she's not sure anything was taken at all.

"It just made for a rough morning," Lacosse said.

Yarn Harbor is also located in the Mount Royal Shopping Center. Yarn Harbor owner Kathy Thomas said she's not even sure how the suspect or suspects got in.

"I have an alarm system on my shop so when they did get in, the alarm went off. It seems like [the suspect(s)] took off straight away. I was spared any thievery or destruction... just the loss the door," Thomas said.

The loss of a door was the only damage Dunn Bros. Coffee suffered, too, but owner Scott Nelson said this isn't the first time they've been burglarized this year.

"It's just the hassle. It's a lousy deal," Nelson said.

Public Information Officer Russ Bradley with the Duluth Police Department confirmed an active investigation is underway as they search for anyone involved. No suspects are in custody.

Bradley couldn't say whether any of these break-ins were connected.

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