A break-in at a well-established in Lincoln Park pet retailer has shaken administration there.
Cameron Harris is the supervisor of Feed Ceremony Pet Provide, which has been at 2979 Fort Avenue, for greater than 70 years.
Based on Harris, a person who in his 50s, with a shaved head took a crowbar to the institution’s again door at about 4:30 a.m. Might 4 and compelled his approach contained in the pet retailer.
He was captured on newly put in surveillance cameras as soon as within the constructing.
The person seems to be alone and went straight to the again of the shop to the secure that was sitting subsequent to a fax machine.
“It’s disheartening that in attempting instances like these an individual would goal a small mother and pop store like ours,” a press release from the shop stated on social media.
Harris echoed these sentiments, saying the break-in has been an “emotional and monetary hit” to the family-owned enterprise.
“We haven’t had any issues,” Harris stated. “We assist our group they usually assist us. I do know all the prospects by identify, their canine’s names and their youngsters’ names.”
The offender spent about three minutes within the retailer earlier than leaving.
He didn’t hurt any of the pets inside.
Harris believes the offender, who was carrying an outsized hoodie, was after the secure and knew the place it was positioned.
He didn’t need to specify how a lot cash was contained in the secure, however did say it was within the 1000’s.
Different beneficial objects had been stolen as properly, in line with the submit on social media.
The person gave the impression to be driving a purple Dodge Caravan, which additionally was captured on a surveillance digicam.
Harris takes the crime so personally because of the reality Feed Ceremony has been in the identical location serving its common prospects, their youngsters and now grandchildren.
As phrase of the crime circulated all through town, prospects have reached out to the house owners and administration simply to examine on the workers, retailer and animals.
“That doesn’t shock me,” Harris stated. “We assist the group out and now we have relationship with them.”
The previous yr or so has been onerous for Feed Ceremony and plenty of different companies attempting to remain afloat throughout this financial downfall.
He stated nobody is aware of the monetary standing of a enterprise, and the cash saved in an institution’s secure could possibly be the distinction between that operation staying open or collapsing.
Whereas he stated that’s not the case for the pet retailer, their money circulation is necessary — even when it’s $20.
Lincoln Park police confirmed that they’ve a police report from the housebreaking and are investigating the case.
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