Haliburton thrift store vandalized
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | July 5, 2018
Volunteers at Haliburton’s Lily Ann Thrift Store showed up to a mess on the morning of July 3.
“It upsets us all,” said Judy MacDuff, treasurer and director.
When MacDuff arrived at 7:45 a.m., she discovered a broken window, blood and urine on clothes, and several donated items in disarray. A few things were left on the ground at the back of the building, including an empty beer can. Some jewellery had been stolen—the most expensive item priced at $5.
A bloody fingerprint was left on the cash register, but no money was taken because cash isn’t kept on the premises. MacDuff believes the culprit(s) entered the building’s side door sometime after 10:30 p.m. on Monday. They weren’t captured by the store’s surveillance camera. MacDuff contacted the police, who collected evidence. She was also going to phone the municipality, since they own the building, about the damage. The store was closed for the day.
OPP Const. Dianna Dauphinee confirmed a report of a break-in at the store, as well as another break-in at a business in Highlands East where a large quantity of cash was stolen.
“Both investigations are ongoing at this time and as accurate and confirmed information becomes available, we will release further details,” said Dauphinee on Tuesday afternoon.
The thrift store and the 4Cs Food Bank, also on York Street, are solely run by volunteers. The store’s sales support their programs.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.