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Crestview restaurant burglarized
A small restaurant in Crestview was burglarized over the weekend. But they were determined to be open and ready for customers today.
On Tuesday morning, Coney Island here in Crestview opened their doors just like normal. Many customers had no idea that they were burglarized over the weekend.
Late Saturday or early Sunday morning, thieves smashed open a side door to the restaurant.
Julia Phillips, says "It wasn't until the next day, I think around lunch time or later, somebody was driving down the side road over here and noticed a door handle out there, and they called Crestview police department."
Fortunately, owner Julia Philips had taken all the cash from the store. The burglars made off only with food and smaller items.
"It was kind of like shock, really, and and disbelief in a way, because I do not keep any cash in this building, and I'm on the corner of Main Street. It is kind of well traveled, even into the evening," said Phillips.
Phillips says the store was scheduled to be closed Monday anyway, so she was determined to open on Tuesday. "I decided not to dwell on it too much, to focus on it when I got back here to my business when I could everything together."
She said supportive customers came in for burgers and hot dogs all day. "It was really easy. It just flowed like normal. We seemed to be busier than usual, and we had people coming in right after 10:00."
Phillips says she'll be taking measures to prevent it from happening again, and her biggest disappointment is that she wants downtown Crestview to stay a safe area for everyone.
Crestview police said there haven't been any other recent burglaries downtown, but they hope businesses will stay aware of the possibility.