‘We think that’s pretty strange’ | SummitDaily.com

‘We think that’s pretty strange’

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Family & Intercultural Resource Center Thrift and Treasure store manager Megan Norton shrugs her shoulders as to the reason a theif made off with dozens a pair of women's underwear last week after hours.

DILLON – Megan Norton hopped on her bike Tuesday morning and pedaled her way to work at The Summit Thrift and Treasure, where she serves as manager.As she dismounted, Norton noticed a gaping, jagged hole in the front window. She went inside and surveyed the scene, but everything was as she had left it the day before. Nothing was missing – except dozens of pairs of women’s underwear.”Nothing was vandalized or destroyed,” Norton said. “They didn’t take anything of value: no computers, no money, and there was no vandalism except for the broken window. But they stole 40 pairs of women’s underpants. We think that’s pretty strange.”

The Summit Thrift and Treasure is a nonprofit secondhand store in downtown Dillon. All proceeds from the store’s sales fund the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, which provides direct social services to Summit County families and immigrants.Norton speculated the thief may have hidden in the store at closing time on Monday, because the window appeared to have been broken from the inside to allow escape.Police have not made any arrests related to the break-in. But Norton did notice a suspicious man who showed up on the scene shortly after police arrived on Tuesday in response to the break-in. She also found him loitering around the premises on Thursday afternoon.”People that commit crimes often show up afterward to see what happened and all that juicy goodness. I might just be paranoid, but I did follow up with the police, and I’m told to ask him not to come back,” Norton said.

Norton estimated the value of the stolen underwear to be less than $20. Most underwear the thrift store carries is secondhand and sells for between $.20 and $.79.”It’s donated underwear, and most times it’s been used. Nobody ever buys underpants unless they really need them or they’re a really expensive brand like Victoria’s Secret,” Norton said.The broken window will cost the store $200 to replace next week. Norton isn’t shaken by the incident.

“We’re not really doing too much about it. I’m keeping my eyes open. What I’m picturing is riding up the chairlift this winter and seeing all our underpants hanging in a tree with the price tags still on them,” Norton added.The Dillon police officer handling the incident was not available for comment.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.

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