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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Cases Country Cafe reopening after burglary

  • Tommy Case plans to keep the Country Kitchen open in downtown Wellington. There was some question after the restaurant was broken into over the Labor Day weekend.

    Nearly $1,000 was taken from a safe and a cash register. A lot of that was sales tax money, he said.
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  • Tommy Case plans to keep the Country Kitchen open in downtown Wellington. There was some question after the restaurant was broken into over the Labor Day weekend.
    Nearly $1,000 was taken from a safe and a cash register. A lot of that was sales tax money, he said.
    Friday Case was thinking about some restructuring, and may make some changes to how the establishment will operate, though the changes are not related to the break in.
    He is thinking about opening later and staying open later.
    He said often people don't come in early when he is open for breakfast, but there seems to be more interest in later hours.
    "If we don't open until 11, I will still serve breakfast," he said.
    He plans to have the establishment open Monday, though the hours are not set yet.
    According to police reports someone entered the restaurant over the Labor Day weekend through a window. The safe and register were opened and the cash was taken out, Police Chief Tracy Heath said.
    It is similar to other recent burglaries, at the Recreation Center and at the Assembly of God Church on Botkin St.
    Heath said while they are similar crimes, police have no concrete reason to believe they are related. There was one weekend where the church and recreation center were broken into the same day, and those may be related, he said.
    Heath said they have no firm suspects, but they are following up on leads and tips.
    Usually burglaries of this nature involve just one person. Heath is hopeful that someone knows something and that they will report what they know.
    Heath said he advises businesses to not leave cash overnight in the building. He said police are willing to escort business owners to the bank if they want to take a large amount to a bank safely.
    "We used to do that a lot, but in recent years we haven't. That is a service we would offer," Heath said.
    The local Crimestoppers group has also gotten involved.
    Owners of the Gold Corner have put up a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the break in at the Kountry Café.
    That reward will be administered by the local Crimestoppers organization.
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