Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour burglarizedSelma’s Ice Cream Parlour was broken into two nights in a row. According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the break-ins occurred June 15 and June 16. A records clerk declined to release
By: Amber Kispert-Smith, Woodbury Bulletin
The recently reopened Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour received a poor welcome to the neighborhood earlier this month.
Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour was broken into two nights in a row.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the break-ins occurred June 15 and June 16. A records clerk declined to release additional information, saying the case remained under investigation.
“I know it’s not personal, so we don’t take it that way,” said Becky Nickerson, owner of Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour. “It feels really invasive.
“You’re uncomfortable in your own place the next day.”
Nickerson said she arrived at the restaurant the morning of June 15 to find the front door unlocked.
She said she then noticed the shop’s stereo, valued at $550, was missing as was some petty cash they had at the store for change.
“There was not a lot of damage or anything,” she said.
Nickerson said she called police. Officers identified that whoever had burglarized the shop had broken the windows and cut the screens.
The following day, June 16, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office called Nickerson to inform her that Selma’s had been broken into again.
Suspects had thrown rocks through the side window.
Some additional change had been taken, Nickerson said.
“They didn’t really leave with much,” she said.
In total, Nickerson said she believes the suspects left with $1,000 in cash.
Nickerson said she estimates the window damage to be about $500, which resulted in $1,500 in losses and $500 in damages.
“It wasn’t too bad,” she said.
Nickerson said she’s heard from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that it was most likely youths who caused the break ins.
Nickerson said she is planning to have a security system installed at the restaurant.
“We’re going to be more diligent and I just hope it doesn’t happen again,” she said. “You feel so safe in a small town – we were probably too naïve.”