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Big Winds loses $5,000 in smash-and-grab burglary

By RAELYNN RICARTE

News staff writer

March 4, 2006

An estimated $5,000 of merchandise was stolen from Big Winds in downtown Hood River early Thursday morning.

A burglar pried open a door to gain entry into the business at the corner of Front and Oak streets between 6 and 6:30 a.m.

According to reports, several glass cases were smashed so that the suspect could gain access to sunglasses and watches.

Items of clothing were also removed before the alarm company notified City Police Officers Andrew Rau and Sal Rivera about the break-in.

The law enforcement officials arrived at the scene moments later and found a ladder propping open the damaged door. They believed the thief might have just exited the building and searched the surrounding neighborhood.

However, neither officer found anyone suspicious hanging around the largely deserted streets.

Detective Stan Baker said no witnesses have come forward to make reports.

He asks anyone who might have seen suspicious activity around Big Winds to call him at 387-5251.

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