Carson City businesses burglarized

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 12:11 pm on Friday, December 09, 2011

CARSON CITY —  At least four Carson City businesses were violently burglarized recently.
The American Legion, M-57 Surplus, The Muffin Top Bakery & Deli and the Rusty Nail restaurant all were victimized last Thursday night.
The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crimes.
Rusty Nail owner Doug Cook said the burglars apparently used a crowbar to pry open a restaurant door. Cook doesn’t keep money in the restaurant.
“You could see the crowbar marks on the door,” he said. “They broke in and took hammers or crowbars to the jukebox and the video games and a dart board and smashed those all to pieces to get the change.”
Cook estimates he sustained several thousand dollars worth in damages.
“They were pretty quick,” he said. “The bartender left at 2 a.m. and the morning shift came in at 3:15 to open and they’re already been there and gone. They had quite a night.”
Justin Carroll, who works at M-57 Surplus, said his business was broken into the same night.
“They threw a brick through the front window,” he said. “There wasn’t any cash here so they didn’t take anything. They just moved some stuff around looking for money. They went out the back door.”
American Legion Commander Neil Kapustka said Legion members purchased an alarm a while ago, which paid off last Thursday night.
“They broke through two heavy plate glass windows on the door and then unlocked the door,” Kapustka said. “It looks like, whatever they threw, it slid across the floor and banged into something else. We’ve got an alarm and we figured it scared them off, so we were lucky. Nothing was taken.
“It seems like we’re in a high cycle of crime right now,” he added.
Tim and Amanda Stout, owners of The Muffin Top Bakery & Deli, were not available for comment.

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