Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 13, 2004

Burglars hit Pantry two nights in a row

By Ryan Gueningsman

There is an old saying: “If at first you don’t succeed at something – try, try again.”

Whomever attempted to break into the Pantry Cafe in Winsted last Monday morning – and Tuesday morning – seemed to take that message to heart.

Police were called to investigate a broken side door at the restaurant Monday evening when owner Elaine Gueningsman returned home from the Labor Day weekend.

The police took a report, and Gueningsman’s son, Jeff, boarded up the side door.

The next morning, when the morning shift arrived to open the restaurant, they spotted a side window that appeared to have been pried. They again called police, who responded and were able to lift a fingerprint off of the windowsill that has been sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

Officer Glen Strom of the Winsted Police Department said that the BCA will attempt to determine the identity of the fingerprint.

Strom felt that whomever was responsible for the break-ins probably broke the door the first night to see if there was an alarm, and was probably going to burglarize the establishment the following night when the window was pried open. Strom noted that no one gained entry into the Pantry during either of the two attempts.

The Pantry has had several other break-in attempts in past years, Gueningsman noted.

“We do night deposits, so there is never any money left in the building,” she said. “I don’t know what they’re after.”

Strom said anyone with information about the attempted break-ins, should contact the Winsted Police Department at (320) 485-2600. Callers may remain confidential.

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