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Durham small businesses hit by burglars over weekend

Posted September 14, 2020 6:40 p.m. EDT

— Durham police are trying to track down those responsible for a string of burglaries to both homes and businesses.

Twice a week Whisk and Rye’s trailer is parked at Northgate Park. It’s just another small business trying to make it by any means. On Sunday, however, the small businesses didn’t open.

“It seems like set back after set back,” said Shelby Smith, Co-owner of Whisk and Rye.

The owners were getting ready to prepare the neighborhood coffee trailer for a typical Sunday morning in the park. “And I walked outside and I see our large gated fence was wide open. Then I walk out even further and I notice all of our car doors were open.”

In disbelief, Smith learned burglars had rummaged through their storage unit, cars and stole from five other homes in area.

Surveillance video shows someone on her property early Sunday between 2:45 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

“We’ve lost a sense of security at a place we can come home to,” Smith added.

With the pandemic already impacting small businesses financially, Smith said taking just one day off, hurts tremendously.

“We lost a day’s worth of sales. Sunday’s are like our biggest busiest revenue income for the week.

The owners of Kingfisher were also hit by burglars this weekend. They posted a video on Instagram that shows someone stealing iPads as employees were in the back working.

Fortunately, for Whisk & Rye they will quickly get back on track while hoping those responsible have had enough.

“It created an inconvenience that necessarily didn’t need to happen,” she said.

The owners plan to be back at Northgate Park on Wednesday.

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