Burglar hits thrift store again | SummitDaily.com

Burglar hits thrift store again

DILLON ” Heavy snow and strong winds Wednesday night didn’t keep a burglar away from Summit Thrift and Treasure, the nonprofit secondhand store that funds the Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC).

Store manager Megan Norton discovered a broken window for the fourth time in three months when she arrived Thursday morning.

“It’s just so disappointing,” FIRC director Christina Carlson said. “We see the thrift store as a service to the community. We keep prices low by keeping our costs really low. When the windows keep getting broken, it’s hard for us to keep our costs down.”

Thrift store staff expect the burglar may have entered the building, but were unable to determine whether anything was stolen, due to the high volume and turnover of store inventory. In two of the previous incidents, nothing was missing. But during the first break-in, in mid-September, the thief stole 40 pairs of women’s underwear and nothing else.

“I don’t know if someone thinks this is funny, but it’s getting very expensive for us,” Carlson said.

Each window replacement has cost the nonprofit about $200 ” money that would otherwise go to local families in need. And now, Carlson is planning to make additional investments to beef up security.

Dillon Police have increased their presence at the downtown Dillon location but don’t have any leads.

“We’ve been doing more patrols around there, but it takes about 30 seconds to go over and check on things, and we do it maybe four times a night,” Sgt. Bo Schlunsen said. “It takes five minutes to do what that guy did, and we’d have to catch him in the act.”

The break-in came at a particularly bad time ” the day before the FIRC’s largest annual fundraiser, which takes place today on Krystal 93 FM.

“This time of year, we’re all focused on Microphone Marathon, and this is a really frustrating distraction,” Carlson said.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.

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