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Perpetrators enter through the roof of Prineville Liquor and Tobacco in the early hours of May 24 and take top-shelf liquor

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 - The perpetrators created a hole in the roof and came through the ceiling, creating a mess and significant damage to the store.Receiving a call from the police in the early hours of the morning is never good for a business owner.

Bob Dickey, owner of the Prineville Liquor and Tobacco store on 1350 NE Third Street, received a phone call on Monday, May 24 at 1:15 a.m. from the Prineville Police Department.

"They indicated that there was a situation at the liquor store and there was a break-in," said Dickey. "They needed someone with a key to come down here. So, I came down here and got here as soon as I possibly could."

He added that when he arrived at the store, the Crook County Sheriff's Department and the Prineville Police Department staff had surrounded the building. A drone was deployed on the roof, and another drone was circling the building—and attempting to come in through a hole that the perpetrators put in the roof.

"Through that hole, they came in and took all of the top shelf liquor from behind the counter," Dickey explained of the burglar.

He pointed out that the liquor that was taken was priced from $100 per bottle up to as much as $450 per bottle. There were more than 50 bottles taken—some of them left on the roof. The cost of the stolen liquor totaled approximately $8,000, and there was also property damage to the store and the roof totaling as much as $4,000.

The perpetrator left through the roof hole that they created. Once Dickey opened the door on Monday morning, law enforcement had a drone come in and survey the interior of the property. The Crook County SWAT team subsequently came in and cleared the building.

"We had quite bit of a mess, but we cleaned up before opening and made contact with OLCC for the appropriate things," said Dickey. "They gave us direction and they also gave us permission to open up (same day)."

He added that they had some extra staff to help clean up. Dickey emphasized that he and his wife are offering a $500 reward to anyone in the community who can help catch the perpetrators.

"This is the community liquor store as much as it's mine," he said. "It's the only store, and we do the best that we can, we have friendly staff and it's pretty scary that this happened to us—especially in Prineville."

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If you have any information on this case, call Bob Dickey at 541-419-6687

Dickey is offering a $500 reward for anyone who can help catch the perpetrator of the break-in on May 24.

Or call the Prineville Police Department at 541-447-4168


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