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Hungry Loon burglarized

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Someone broke into the Hungry Loon restaurant in the Jack Pine Center in Pequot Lakes on Friday night, Jan. 24, or early Saturday morning, Jan. 25, breaking windows, walking around and taking nothing, according to Pequot Lakes Police Sgt. Chad Turcotte.

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Turcotte said that based on footprints, only one person entered the building. The person entered by cutting through the Pequot Lakes restaurant’s screen porch and breaking a window to the restaurant. No money or goods were stolen. The damage was discovered when staff came to open the restaurant Saturday, Jan. 25.

Turcotte said that a break-in where nothing’s taken is not typical. The department has leads, and the incident could be related to other incidents of vandalism that took place that same night, including damage to a gate at AAA Rental on Old Highway 371 in Jenkins and damage to a park fence and sign on Butternut Point Road in Ideal Township.

Hungry Loon owner Ryan Sjoblad said aside from the window breaking, a couple of pipes froze because of the cold. They broke, but not until he and employees were already in the building, cleaning up glass, so they were able to minimize the damage.

While the damage will be costly, Sjoblad said he’s glad nothing was stolen.

“I guess it could have been worse,” he said.

Sjoblad was able to maintain business that day with seating in the hallway of the Jack Pine Center, where the business is located.

Kate Perkins can be reached at kate.perkins@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/EchoJournalKate.

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