Finn?s Bakery burgled. Looks like inside job.

By reporter Steven Smalley
The window of opportunity was tiny. The overnight workers left Finn?s ? the small bakery in our Village ? at 4:15 a.m., Dec. 29. The first employee of the day arrived at 5:45 a.m. Within that small time frame someone entered the premises without damaging any doors, used the entry code to open the safe, made off with $980, and locked the door behind them. Police call this rip-off, ?an inside job.?
With the owner, Meghan Hargraves, back east on holiday, it was up to employees to pick up the pieces, begin to learn what happened, and who did it. They have their suspicions. Although no video was found from neighboring businesses, it didn?t take much to put together a scenario based on the history of a previous employee who recently resigned.
?It was someone we trusted who would do this,? said an employee who spoke with Magnolia Voice. ?It?s really violating. We brought them into the family, then they just turn around and steal from us.?
The only other item taken during the heist was the iPad workers use to clock in, among other business functions. A neighboring business kindly lent them another.
In the meantime, ?Everyone is staying,? the employee revealed. ?No one is leaving. We?re pulling together.?
Finn?s asks anyone who saw a car or person in the Village during that time to come forward and give identifying information.
The employee says the?loss will be?covered by insurance.

Finn’s Bakery burgled. Looks like inside job.

By reporter Steven Smalley
The window of opportunity was tiny. The overnight workers left Finn’s – the small bakery in our Village – at 4:15 a.m., Dec. 29. The first employee of the day arrived at 5:45 a.m. Within that small time frame someone entered the premises without damaging any doors, used the entry code to open the safe, made off with $980, and locked the door behind them. Police call this rip-off, “an inside job.”
With the owner, Meghan Hargraves, back east on holiday, it was up to employees to pick up the pieces, begin to learn what happened, and who did it. They have their suspicions. Although no video was found from neighboring businesses, it didn’t take much to put together a scenario based on the history of a previous employee who recently resigned.
“It was someone we trusted who would do this,” said an employee who spoke with Magnolia Voice. “It’s really violating. We brought them into the family, then they just turn around and steal from us.”
The only other item taken during the heist was the iPad workers use to clock in, among other business functions. A neighboring business kindly lent them another.
In the meantime, “Everyone is staying,” the employee revealed. “No one is leaving. We’re pulling together.”
Finn’s asks anyone who saw a car or person in the Village during that time to come forward and give identifying information.
The employee says the loss will be covered by insurance.

Attempted gas theft

MV reader Lindsay writes:

I live on the corner of 22nd Ave W andDravus Street. Last night, between 9:30pm and 5am, somebody attempted to siphon gas out of my gas tank. The person must have gotten spooked, because they left the tube in my gas tank as well as the nozzle and an empty Pittsburgh Steelers backpack. They managed to get my gas tank door open (which has a locking mechanism) and chipped the paint in the process. The police came and took the evidence, but I just want to warn readers to stay on the lookout. I’ll be buying a locking gas cap…

Thanks for the heads up!

Car prowls

Magnolia resident Brooke writes:
During the past month two cars have had their windows smashed in the 3200 block of West Government Way during nighttime hours, the latest being the night of April 1-2. Neither car contained items of value; the damage appears to be random and without motive. Area residents should leave no items on display in their cars and should be on high alert during nighttime hours. Any suspicious activity, please call the police!
Thanks, Brooke!

Recent crimes?

This comes from tips@magnoliavoice.com

Hello,

I heard of some recent break ins/thefts in Magnolia.? Men claiming to be with ADT asking you if your home is protecting (while scoping out your house).? Then coming back in the day time to break in.? I’ve heard something about a green car being involved.

-K.

What do you know about this, neighbors?

 

 

 

Aggressive solicitors in Magnolia- officers say ?trust your gut?

Over the last couple of days, neighbors have experienced a rash of unwanted solicitors, often knocking loudly on doors and repeatedly ringing doorbells.? The Magnolia Moms and Dads group?was inundated with?posts?yesterday about?a person or pairs of people aggressively approaching homes, some blatantly?ignoring “no solicitors” signs.?

Magwife, A Magnolia Voice tipster posted this last night:

“Over the past 2-days, two men have come to my door 3 different times, claiming to be seeking opportunities to practice social skills/public speaking. I answered the door just once but didn’t let them get far into the speech because I fell for an identical scenario about 6-months back – the guy tied the story in with magazine sales. I bought some mag subscriptions but never received anything. I later read on Magnolia Voice that this was a nationwide scam, potentially tied into home invasions. Anyway, it seems really weird that they keep returning even though my husband and i both I told them we aren’t interested. They have been here during the middle of the day and later at night…”

Among the?more than 15 related posts yesterday on Magnolia Moms and Dads, residents reported:

  • A man lurking in the dark?near a?duplex on 33rd ave?w between Bertona and?w Ruffner
  • Solicitors?banging?on doors and?repeatedly ringing doorbells on Smith and 29th
  • 2 different groups of people soliciting?the same house twice in 5 days near the?Howe St. tennis courts
  • 2 guys on Viewmont knocking on doors selling magazines

In one post,?the homeowner called the police, and they came to take a statement.? The?officer?told her that she had done the right thing by calling 911.? He said that if you see anything out of the ordinary or suspicious to call 911, not the non-emergency number.?? That way they can track the complaints and keep our neighborhood safe.?He reiterated that even if it does not look like a crime, call 911 and let them know what you see. It may be just the?detail they need for a case they are working on.? As of press time, the police?are in pursuit of the person of interest, and had an idea of where the person?might be,?because of calls and tips from our neighbors.

Former West Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston?said in a recent?note:

I think I speak for the entire Community Police Team when I tell you that every day in our e-mail inbox, or on our telephone?s voicemail inbox, we find messages from the community that say something like this, ?I wanted to let you know that I just saw something suspicious???.but I didn’t think this merited a 9-1-1 call?. Almost always the information is detailed, withgood descriptions and refers to something that may or may not have been criminal, but certainly seemed odd. And almost always it is too late for SPD to do anything with that information. I am now hoping to encourage you to trust that gut feeling of yours. If you get the sense that something weird is happening, even if it isn’t an emergency, please call 9-1-1 and simply state what you are reporting. The call taker will decide whether your call should be transferred off the primary line onto a secondary line. You don?t know what you prevent by getting a patrol cruiser coming into your neighborhood.

Aggressive solicitors in Magnolia- officers say “trust your gut”

Over the last couple of days, neighbors have experienced a rash of unwanted solicitors, often knocking loudly on doors and repeatedly ringing doorbells.  The Magnolia Moms and Dads group was inundated with posts yesterday about a person or pairs of people aggressively approaching homes, some blatantly ignoring “no solicitors” signs. 

Magwife, A Magnolia Voice tipster posted this last night:

“Over the past 2-days, two men have come to my door 3 different times, claiming to be seeking opportunities to practice social skills/public speaking. I answered the door just once but didn’t let them get far into the speech because I fell for an identical scenario about 6-months back – the guy tied the story in with magazine sales. I bought some mag subscriptions but never received anything. I later read on Magnolia Voice that this was a nationwide scam, potentially tied into home invasions. Anyway, it seems really weird that they keep returning even though my husband and i both I told them we aren’t interested. They have been here during the middle of the day and later at night…”

Among the more than 15 related posts yesterday on Magnolia Moms and Dads, residents reported:

  • A man lurking in the dark near a duplex on 33rd ave w between Bertona and w Ruffner
  • Solicitors banging on doors and repeatedly ringing doorbells on Smith and 29th
  • 2 different groups of people soliciting the same house twice in 5 days near the Howe St. tennis courts
  • 2 guys on Viewmont knocking on doors selling magazines

In one post, the homeowner called the police, and they came to take a statement.  The officer told her that she had done the right thing by calling 911.  He said that if you see anything out of the ordinary or suspicious to call 911, not the non-emergency number.   That way they can track the complaints and keep our neighborhood safe. He reiterated that even if it does not look like a crime, call 911 and let them know what you see. It may be just the detail they need for a case they are working on.  As of press time, the police are in pursuit of the person of interest, and had an idea of where the person might be, because of calls and tips from our neighbors.

Former West Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston said in a recent note:

I think I speak for the entire Community Police Team when I tell you that every day in our e-mail inbox, or on our telephone’s voicemail inbox, we find messages from the community that say something like this, “I wanted to let you know that I just saw something suspicious……….but I didn’t think this merited a 9-1-1 call”. Almost always the information is detailed, withgood descriptions and refers to something that may or may not have been criminal, but certainly seemed odd. And almost always it is too late for SPD to do anything with that information. I am now hoping to encourage you to trust that gut feeling of yours. If you get the sense that something weird is happening, even if it isn’t an emergency, please call 9-1-1 and simply state what you are reporting. The call taker will decide whether your call should be transferred off the primary line onto a secondary line. You don’t know what you prevent by getting a patrol cruiser coming into your neighborhood.