Four reports of theft from four San Juan Island businesses are being investigated by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. The incidents occurred at Van Go’s Pizza on Nov. 8, the San Juan Cheese Shop on Nov. 13, and the American Legion Post 163 and Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar between 11 p.m. on Nov. 20 and the morning of Nov. 21.
According to Sheriff Ron Krebs, about $4,000 has been taken from all of the businesses combined.
“At this time we have no suspects but do have a person of interest we need help in identifying,” said Krebs.
According to the deputy report, a surveillance video captured a man walking away from the area of the legion with what resembled a pry bar in his hand.
A board member told investigators that a pry bar was missing from a shelf in the liquor room, which must be walked through to get to the office where the theft occurred.
Krebs is hoping someone in the community will identify the man in the video. If you have information call the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office at 360-378-4151.
On Nov. 21, a deputy responded to a report of a burglary at the legion. On the morning of Nov. 21, an employee noticed that the office door was damaged in a possible break-in. According to the investigating deputy, the employee also stated money was missing. The deputy found a damaged lock on a filing cabinet left open. The cabinet contained money from the till, pull-tab games and turkey shoot raffle. The deputy recorded that a total of about $2,500 was estimated missing from the legion. The deputy also saw a purse and red Swiss Army knife on the floor. There was also a damaged lock on another file cabinet, which contained a metal money box, plastic container and several money bags holding various amounts of cash, noted the report.
The deputy could not locate any signs of forced entry on the exterior of the legion building.
The last person at the legion on the night of the break-in was a bartender, who did not match the build of the man in the surveillance video.
The wine bar
The other alleged theft that occurred around the same time was at Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar located just one block away.
According to the deputy report, $400 to $500 was taken from the cash register. The deputy reported that there were no signs of a forced entry.
The cases are ongoing investigations.