Crown Point Greek food store vandalized
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org August 6, 2013 11:00AM
Vandals broke into Olympic Imported Foods in late June, causing extensive damage. | Provided to the Star
Updated: August 6, 2013 11:21AM
CROWN POINT — At the start of the business day on June 22, Crown Point Police were called to the new Greek grocery store and deli on Summit Street. The owner is Ted Paulou. As he was arriving at his store on Saturday morning just before 9 a.m., he looked through the glass front door, and saw the store had been the victim of destructive behavior.
He called police before unlocking the doors, and waited. When officers arrived they noted that both the front and rear doors were locked.
Paulou opened the front door to let the police into the store.
It was found to have almost all of the shelving units knocked over and there was considerable damage to all of the refrigeration units in the building, as shown in the preliminary report filed by Officer Doug Geyer. The officers continued through the building and didn’t find anyone inside the store.
During the search they found a large hole in the wall between the Greek store and the vacant office next door. The hole is believed to be the point of entry into the store.
After the officers went through the hole in the wall into the next-door space they found several more holes in the same wall. The front door was not locked.
Detective Airren Nylin was called to the scene by the officers, who also contacted the owner of the building to come to the property on Summit Street. When the owner arrived he was asked for the footage of the surveillance camera on the northwest corner of the building.
As Nylin conducted his investigation he was given the download from the surveillance camera. The camera shows more than one person. According to Nylin they know that at least two people were involved, but there could have been more.
The only physical evidence left behind were some very distinct shoe prints on the wall that had been broken through. Since the building next door was down to the studs the only thing stopping anyone from getting into the store was the drywall.
Nylin would not release the size of the shoe prints. He just said that the tread on the bottom of the print was very distinct.
All of the freezers had the glass doors broken and the deli display cases were destroyed. The glass had been broken with a hard object such as a hammer or a metal pipe. The glass had been hit repeatedly.
Paulou said, “I was closed. It was at night — they were there just to destroy things.”
He has to replace all of the deli display cases as well as the doors on the freezer. Paulou added, “I have to throw out the deli cases, everything in them too.”
Nylin had not, as of Aug. 1, received an estimate of loss from the insurance company by the owner of the store.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Nylin at 663-2131, Ext. 115, or the department’s tip line at 663-2131, Ext. 265.