In circumstances similar to previous commercial burglaries, including time of night and means of gaining entry, burglars broke into two Idyllwild businesses — Fairway Market and Village Hardware — in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Burglars used tools to break the glass of the front door of Fairway Market, succeeding in gaining entry. As of this writing, there is no report of what was stolen. A previous attempt by four hooded individuals took place at the Fairway Market in Strawberry Plaza around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Near the same time as the Fairway break in, burglars gained entry to Village Hardware through a back entry and took the store safe and tools. Some of the tools taken may have been used at the Fairway Market break in according to Village Hardware personnel.
Village Hardware owner Larry Donahoo said he was on his way to the grinding station to identify a safe that had been dumped there. Sheriff’s deputies, who had taken an initial report at the hardware store, returned to alert Donahoo to the possible location of his safe. “It will probably be empty,” said Donahoo, “but at least I’ll be able to identify it.”
Hooded assailants also hit the Shell Station, stealing a safe, around 4 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.
With a lapse in residential burglaries, there has come an rash in commercial burglaries.