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Crooks Target American Legion, 2 Businesses In Laporte

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A surveillance image from the burglary a the American Legion in Laporte (credit: CBS)

A surveillance image from the burglary a the American Legion in Laporte (credit: CBS)

Laporte, Colo. (CBS4) – Officers are searching for the crooks who targeted an American Legion and two other businesses north of Fort Collins in the town of Laporte.

Business owners in Laporte are locking up their businesses tight at night after the string of burglaries. In every case they’re only going after one thing — money.

Karen Berggren of the American Legion says two thieves were determined to rob the place last Sunday.

“They cut a hole in the ceiling the attic there, the beams, and then came down through the ceiling,” Berggren said.

Once they made their way inside they went after anything with money, such as a pull tab machine, a cash box hidden in an office drawer, and tried unsuccessfully to get into the ATM. Berggren estimates they got away with close to $10,000.

“When I saw the damage, I was like, ‘These are our veterans. Haven’t they done enough for our country? And then you come to their home and steal everything they have?’ It’s depressing,” Berggren said.

On Tuesday, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says the duo burglarized the Long Branch Bar.

“Money, cash, quick cash; they went for the quarters in all the machines and the dollars in the juke box and the ATM, naturally, I suppose,” the Long Branch Bar manager said.

On Wednesday the Jax Farm and Feed store was also broken into. An employee says property was damaged, but didn’t comment on what was taken.

The owners of Laporte Hardware say on either Tuesday or Wednesday they were almost broken into, but the thieves couldn’t gain entry.

Anyone with information about the break-ins is asked to call the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

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