LENOX -- Police are investigating the theft of a professional safe containing $2,100 from The Scoop, an ice cream and snack shop in the heart of the downtown shopping district.
The break-in was discovered early Saturday morning during a routine police check of the area. Seeing the Church Street establishment's front door open, police called shop owner Jenn Nacht. After she described where the safe should be, police confirmed it was gone.
Nacht told The Eagle on Monday that she believes a thief or thieves came in through an unlocked window, opened both doors of the establishment, and made off with the two-foot square safe.
"They left a pretty big hole in the wall where the safe was kept," she said in a telephone interview from Wellfleet on Cape Cod, where she is vacationing.
"Whoever took it is going to get in a lot of trouble for stealing a relatively small amount of money," said Nacht, noting that the potential charge against a suspect would be a felony.
"We hope to get the safe back," she added, "or get some monetary recovery from insurance."
She also plans to have a security system installed.
"This comes with the territory. At least they didn't vandalize the store, so we're up and running," Nacht said. "It had to be someone pretty knowledgeable about the store, though I do have the best staff in the Berkshires, and they know I would do anything I could to help anyone who needed some financial aid."
Nacht suspects an inside job, probably by an ex-employee.
"It really upsets me if this was just some kids out for a thrill," she said. "At least no one was hurt."
Police officers Michael Smith and Gary LaGarce are investigating.
In a separate case, further investigation is under way into a case classified as a larceny, forgery and fraud at the Nudel restaurant on Church Street. Earlier this summer, Shots Cafe was broken into, and a small amount of cash was stolen.
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