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Coyote Coffee burglarized
Roger Dey LINCOLN –A burglar used a crowbar to break into Coyote Coffee on Main Street at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.The break in was discovered by part-time employee Isabella Muse when she arrived for work just before 7 a.m. The burglar, a thin male who stands taller than six feet, was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, jeans and shoes that both had distinctive designs, rubber gloves and what appeared to be a cold weather facemask that covered the lower part of his face. He was caught on the coffee shop’s security cameras as he approached the door of the building. Coyote Coffee owner Aaron Birkholz said the burglar first attempted to break in through a window on the door before prying the door open near the door knob. “(He) first showed up on camera at the door. We got views of him inside, just a little bit," Birkholz said. He said the burglar spent exactly ten minutes inside the small building, using only a flashlight and never turning the lights on. “(He) Came in, went through everything. All the cupboards were open. I assume he was looking for a cash bag,” he said. “Threw the till on the floor, used a crowbar, broke the till open and got the money out.” The person made off with a limited amount of cash in small bills, but left behind $25 in quarters. Birkholz said the only reason there was any cash in the building was so Muse would have some on hand when she opened. Lewis and Clark County Deputy Chris Joyce spent time Tuesday reviewing security camera footage from both Coyote Coffee, Mountain View Co-op and Lambkins Bar in hopes of identifying the burglar. Video footage from the coffee stand showed a car drive by shortly before the robbery and pull into the Grizzly Hardware parking lot. Color video footage from Mountain View Co-op showed the small sedan to be blue in color, but didn't clarify the make or model. The burglar shows up on camera after the robbery running east and a few minutes after the robbery the same vehicle drives back past the stand heading west, and it can then be seen turning near Lambkins Bar. A man with the same build, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sporting what appears to be the same distinctive pants and shoes, was caught on video at Lambkins with a female companion. The suspects in the video don’t appear to be local. Joyce said he’d like to see more businesses on main street install security cameras. Not only can they show what’s happening immediately in and around a business, in the event of a crime, the footage can be used in conjunction with that from other businesses to provide a clearer picture of suspicious activity and vehicles. Joyce also recommends that people report suspicious activity. “Anything suspicious, always just call it in,” he said. Birkholz said, to his knowledge the coffee stand hasn’t been broken into before and found it left him feeling both violated and saddened. As a result, Birkholz has chosen to improve security measures at Coyote Coffee. If you have any information related to the break in or to the identity of the suspects, contact the Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office at 447-8293 or Crimestoppers at 443-2000.
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