Downtown Keremeos fell victim to two more senseless break ins in the business block this week.
The owner and operator of the Crows Nest Bakery, Sascha Heincke, and Mark Mudahy were surprised and frustrated by an early morning break in at the bakery on Wednesday morning, August 21. The front door had been smashed and a small quantity of cash taken.
“Mark lost about $100, from the till,” said Heincke, “he left the shop about 4:30 a.m. and was back within the half hour. He’s convinced he knows who is responsible.”
Thursday morning, neighbouring business owners discovered the door to Me ‘n Bokboks Pizza had also been smashed.
Trevor Milton, operator of Bokboks, was cleaning up the pieces of broken door midway through Thursday morning.
“I have an alarm, but there was no call to my house,” he said.
“They didn’t take anything but a can of Red Bull, but they did leave some evidence., which I hope police will be able to use.”
Milton figures the break in occurred around the same time as the bakery.
“It seems like the same pattern,” he reasoned.
The two senseless acts netted thieves very little in the way of cash, but have resulted in big bills for the businessmen.The bakery door was replaced at a cost of $400, but the Bokboks door requires custom work and will likely be a couple of hundred dollars more.
The break ins bear a similarity in method to two previous occurrences earlier this year in the business section. In early April, the Branding Iron and K Cafe were broken into over two consecutive mornings. In both cases, the front doors were smashed in order to gain entrance.