Burglars Steal Change From Sugarloaf Lake Store

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Sugarloaf Lake Country Store was burglarized overnight Thursday, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives say as of now the suspect or suspects stole quarters and nothing else.

“It bothers you that you don't know who to trust,” said Vera Stover.

Stover and her brother run the store. They are struggling to stay open.

“We're barely makin' it right now,” said Stover. “My brother's doing all he can to keep this open in the winter cause it's more of a summer store.”

Overnight Thursday investigators say someone broke in. Stover says the thieves stole quarters out of the game machines.

“They didn't take a candy bar,” said Stover. “They didn't take a cracker. They didn't take nothing. All they took what was in the machines.”

Inv. Philip Pevehouse says the suspects also took change from the cash register, but no bills. Investigators are not sure how much money is missing.

Deputies say the suspects unscrewed a piece of plywood to get inside. “We do have some possible prints that we're trying to get matched up even at this time,” said Inv. Pevehouse.

The suspects did not break into all of the machines. “They knew which machines were well used and which ones weren't, so it's someone that's been in here and we might be real friendly with them for all we know,” said Stover.

Inv. Pevehouse says the suspects could face a felony commercial burglary charge.

If you have information about the break in call River Valley Crimestoppers at 78-CRIME. You will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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