GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
During America’s biggest weekend for the most watched sporting event your local eatery was burglarized, the 7th Street Deli in Grand Junction.
Co-owner of the deli, Debbie Allen says it wasn’t until her daughter tried to open the cash register about 6:20 a.m. for the start of business when she realized the family business was burglarized. “There was no money and the tip jar was empty. Also, they took candy, chips, and pop”, says Allen.
The burglar, or burglars tried the most direct route to the side door and were unsuccessful. Then they went with plan b, the back door. Allen says, “We could see there was gouges in that door there but I think they couldn’t get that one, and they used some kind of tool to jimmy the lock on the back.”
The cause is the burglary and the effect is sometimes far worse, the loss of peace of mind. Debbie says, “You just feel violated, you know, that somebody broke into your store, your home, whatever, and took your things.”
And, this feeling isn’t the only thing that’s changed. The deli’s entire protocol has changed. “My daughter comes in at 5:30 and she’s the only one here for at least 30 minutes. So, that’s not going to happen anymore. Also, we’re getting security cameras, looking at those right now, which we’ve been talking about for a long time but there’s not been any extra money, what with all the construction for 2 years, you know. We just can’t seem to get ahead”, says Allen.
Even though the burglary delayed the opening of Debbie’s business, due to the police investigation, and the feeling of loss, Debbie Allen and her 7th Street Deli are still moving forward.
If you have any information about this burglary of the 7th Street Deli in Grand Junction, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP or click on the link: https://www.241stop.com/.