EARLTOWN – In a span of a week, the Earltown General Store had seen its second attempt at being broken into.
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Kayla Conoley and Brent Halverson, who purchased the Earltown General Store this past summer, have seen their business be the victim of a break, enter and theft, as well as an attempted break and enter, within the past week. Overnight Dec. 1, the culprit broke in and stole about $1,000, while overnight Saturday, Halverson was able to thwart another attempt.
Brent Halverson, who took over the store this past summer with Kayla Conoley, said someone tried to break in at around 3 a.m. Sunday.
“We live down the road, but I have been here ever since the first burglary to keep a tighter security and man the fire,” said Halverson, who said the suspect tried to break in through a window this time around.
“They were a little clumsy. They knocked something over. I heard them trying to get through one of the windows.”
Earlier last week, someone broke into the store through the building’s front door and walked out with about $1,000.
“It’s hard to say if it was the same person,” said Halverson, noting he did call the Colchester RCMP about yesterday’s attempt.
A call to the RCMP had not been returned by suppertime on Sunday.
Halverson and Conoley just finished their fourth month of ownership at the store after purchasing it from long-time owner Murphy Stonehouse.
“This is upsetting…and infuriating,” Halverson said. “The first time, the suspect made off with some money and thankfully I was able to thwart them off this time.”
Halverson said the suspect in the second attempt is a tall male who was wearing a light-coloured jacket. He said the suspect drove off in the Truro direction in a black or charcoal grey sport utility vehicle or jeep-style vehicle.
Halverson and Conoley purchased the store in August after Stonehouse mentioned to his friend – Halverson’s mother – his plans to sell the business.
Halverson spent his early days in St. Margaret’s Bay, but recalled boyhood visits to the area on summer weekends. Stopping at Murphy’s, as it was known as, was simply a regular part of the trip.
Anyone with information on this incident, or the previous one at the store, can contact the Colchester RCMP at 893-6820 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.