Hurricane Grille break-in causes serious damage
The Hurricane Grille was closed Saturday after an early morning break-in that resulted in significant damage.Carbondale Police Officer JoAnn Dodea said that while no dollar figure has been estimated for the theft and damage, she believes it to be a “felony amount.” Bar owner Sandy Graetz said that $5,000-plus was taken in cash, and the damage was extensive, including “destroyed video games, the pinball machine was upside-down, there was broken glass everywhere, mirrors off the walls … .”The financial impact was exacerbated by timing. “I had to close on a Saturday, my busiest night of the week,” Graetz said.At this time it is unclear if more than one person was involved, though a video tape showed just one person, Dodea and Graetz said.Graetz could come up with no likely suspect. “I believe it was a random act,” she said.That doesn’t ease the pain, however. “I still feel violated,” Graetz said. “I brought in my 8-year-old grandson to see the damage, and he broke out in tears.”Perhaps looking for a bright side, Graetz acknowledged that the situation could have been worse. “The things can be replaced,” she said. “I’m hopeful that my insurance will come through and help with the damage, and I’m just thankful that no one was hurt.”The break-in occurred after the bar closed at 3 a.m. and before daybreak, Dodea said. The bar reopened Sunday.The case is under investigation.”I’m hopeful we can come up with a suspect,” Dodea said.Anyone with any information regarding the break-in can call the Carbondale Police at 963-2622.
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