Jewelry stolen, items scattered in Lily Ann break-in
By Sue Tiffin
July 5, 2018
Judy MacDuff knew something was amiss when she opened the door to the 4Cs Lily Ann Thrift Shop on Tuesday morning.
“Oh, I thought, something is not right,” she said. “Things were just scattered.”
MacDuff estimates that a break-in occurred between 10:30 p.m. on July 2, and 7:45 a.m. July 3 when she opened the York Street shop.
“They broke a window at the back,” she said. “They didn’t take much, there was jewelry in the jewelry case, which isn’t worth anything, that was taken.”
MacDuff called Haliburton Highlands OPP, who she said took blood samples from the broken window.
Besides blood on items throughout the shop, there was also urine on some of the clothing, which had to be thrown out, shoes knocked off the rack, items thrown out a window and a mess that required the shop to be closed all day so that volunteers could help put it back together.
“It was more of a mess than them getting much,” said MacDuff. “Nobody knew where to start.
Everybody was just so upset. They knew we had to start somewhere. It’s upsetting because you feel violated. Big messes are harder to clean. I think they make you feel worse, seeing that someone’s just tore everything apart.”
The same Lily Ann building had been broken in before, since its move in 2005 from its previous location, which had also been broken into. There is no money in the store, as it is deposited every night.
“[I] just [feel] kind of disgusted in a way,” said MacDuff. “We try so hard to help people. If they really needed something, if they had come to ask, we would have looked after them.”
Haliburton Highlands OPP reported a separate break and enter at a business on Hwy 118 in Highlands East, which was reported just a minute before the Lily Ann break-in on July 3. In that incident, unknown person(s) accessed a trailer located on the property and stole a large quantity of cash sometime between June 30 and July 3.
Anyone with information regarding either incident should contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.khcs.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.