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Thieves Rob Wis. Stores Over Holidays

Thieves Rob Wis. Stores Over Holidays

Thieves in the Madison area have been entering liquor stores through roofs or ceiling vents, then raiding safes.
At least four stores and one restaurant have been targeted in that manner in the past week, police said.
Manager Brian Frain of Neil's Liquor in Madison said an alarm alerted him that the contents of his safe were missing Wednesday morning.
"They didn't cut any holes in the roof, but they pried a cover off the furnace on the roof and dropped through an air duct," Frain said.
Thieves broke into stores in Fitchburg, Sun Prairie and Madison three nights in a row, said Fitchburg Police Lt. Chad Brecklin, who is coordinating investigations with the other police departments. One store manager speculated the burglars were looking for extra cash from holiday sales.
Brecklin said he suspects it's the same crew hitting all the stores, or a "very athletic or determined person on his own."
The person would have to be quite strong, too. On Saturday night, burglars cut a hole and dropped through the ceiling at Bottle Stop Liquors, where they removed a 400-pound safe through a back door, clerk Chuck Amble said.


Updated : 2020-12-01 09:41 GMT+08:00