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Bakery burglar takes cash drawer and food
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- The sound of breaking glass could be heard early Tuesday morning on Harrison Avenue.
Someone smashed the front doors of two businesses. Security video inside Diane's bakery shows the crime was a planned. But that plan took an odd turn when the thief left and came back for more.
The crime was clearly planned. The thief and his crowbar, the hoodie to hide his head, a mask and even gloves. He doesn't care if the camera captures a closeup. He takes his time inside, rips the cash register drawer out and leaves with it.
Did he put it in a car, or does he live nearby? He put it somewhere then comes back and now its get weird. Because he's about to rip off the refrigerator.
"From this refrigerator he took cheesecakes and three boxes of frozen chicken breasts," said Amy Osterfeld of Diane's Bakery.
But there's more. The masked bakery burglar targets the eggs. Yes, eggs. Fifteen dozen of them that adds up to 180. Police say an egg heist is odd. Experienced burglars usually take what can be sold for quick money.
Lt. Don Luck of the Cincinnati Police Department said, "To have someone crack open the front door and help himself... he did so much damage to the chicken eggs. That's pathetic."
The baker business has been in the Westwood town square for forty years. Amy Osterfeld usually bakes until late at night to have cookies and cupcakes ready for the morning regulars. Right now the cross cookies and white chocolate chalices are popular for first communions.
Osterfeld tells us, "There is nothing at all to steal here, there is no money. There is no money here, none."
Diane's is a bakery and a bakery supplier. A burglary won't keep customers away but it does change things. Some say it took a level of comfort away and put people on guard.
The burglar can hide his face, but what he stole could give him away. It might be hard to hide 180 eggs.
If anything about the suspect looks familiar to you or if you know anything about the crime you can cash in on that information. Call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Callers are identified by code numbers not names.
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