Burglar hits downtown’s Fischer Meats

April 2, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6:30 p.m. April 2, 2009

A burglar broke a lock and stole about $100 from a Front Street butcher shop overnight April 2. A nearby bicycle store also appeared to have been targeted, but a thief’s attempt to break into that shop was unsuccessful.

Fischer Meats, 85 Front St. N., was targeted between 6:30 p.m. April 1 – when employees left and locked the store – and 7 a.m. today. Owner Chris Chiechi said a thief used locking pliers to pop a lock at the store’s front entrance. The burglar stole about $70 worth of coins from a change drawer behind the display cases.

The thief did not steal the pennies kept in the drawer.

Chiechi said about $25 worth of dollar coins were stolen from his office in the back of the shop. The thief also broke a lock on a file cabinet filled with U.S. Department of Agriculture documents.

The thief left the store undisturbed otherwise.

“It’s not like they came in and ransacked the place,” Chiechi said.

He said the break-in was only the second at the store in the last two decades.

Chiechi said a new lock, which was installed today, cost about $50.

A would-be burglar attempted to break into Bicycle Center of Issaquah, 111 Front St. N., overnight. Chiechi said the lock appeared to have been tampered with by pliers.

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