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Vandals damage restaurant

Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigates rash of burglaries this week
By Xiomara Levsen | Mar 27, 2013
The new door for John’s Shamrock BBQ in Ainsworth waits to be installed.

AINSWORTH — JW’s Foods in Kalona wasn’t the only business that was damaged early Tuesday morning. John’s Shamrock BBQ in Ainsworth was also broken into.

Shelley Blakeney, who owns the restaurant with her husband, John, is still pretty distraught about it.

“John was there yesterday morning and noticed it,” she said. “They broke through the front door with something.”

A crew loaded boxes onto a big yellow truck parked in front of the restaurant. A new door sat off to the side of where the old front door used to be, waiting to be installed.

“They went into the dining room and bar and vandalized it,” Blakeney said. “They damaged some items and stole some items.”

To the east side of the building tables and chairs sat on a white tarp with a white substance on them.

Blakeney wasn’t comfortable talking about what type of damage the vandals did or how much it would cost to get the restaurant ready to reopen.

“We will be closed until next Wednesday,” she said. “I feel really bad about that, being closed on Easter weekend. Due to so many of our foods being homemade, it will take a week to get ready.”

A report has been filed with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

“The sheriff department said it looked like it was a pattern,”Blakeney said. “I hope they find out who did it. We can’t let them get away with this.”

Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar said the sheriff’s department is looking into whether this is a pattern.

“It’s not unusual for something like this to happen,” Dunbar said. “It could be someone in our county and it could be someone from outside the county.”

The sheriff’s department has several reports of vandalism and vehicle break-ins.

“There was a string of incidents,” Dunbar said. “They all happened in the early morning hours.”

In Tuesday’s edition of The Washington Evening Journal a photo of a vehicle that had crashed into the side of JW’s Foods deli in Kalona was published.

During Monday evening and early Tuesday morning in Riverside tools were taken out of a vehicle, in Wellman there was a report of a vehicle being broken into, and another burglary was reported in Brighton according to the call log from the Washington County Communications Center.

Dunbar has the department investigating all the incidents. He said people should look into installing security lights and alarms systems at their home or business to help prevent vandalism and theft.

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