Shortly after 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, local law enforcement received a call of a silent alarm sounding at the Isle Municipal Liquor Store. Mille Lacs County Sheriff officers were the first to respond to the scene, followed by two Isle Police officers.
Isle Police Chief, Mark Reichel reported that two male individuals wearing masks and gloves climbed up the ice machines, went on top the roof of the building and came into the muni through a vent. “They were inside the building for a while,” Reichel said. “Nothing was stolen.”
No items were reported missing at the muni, although the men attempted to pry open the pull tab box, and also entered the room where the pull tabs were kept. There was damage to an alarm that was yanked off the wall.
Isle Municipal Liquor Store manager Shannon Schminkey got the call from the alarm company at 4:17 a.m. “The alarm company called me within seconds of the alarm going off. When I got here and viewed the video, the first assailant had dropped in at 4:17 a.m., so the alarm company responded within seconds. It was an amazing response time,” Schminkey said. “The Mille Lacs County deputies and the Isle Police were also very quick to the scene. They responded very quickly to the call they did a great job, too. Very thorough.”
Evidence collected by police from the scene will be examined by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Recovered from the scene were a couple hats with possible DNA evidence, Reichel said, as well as several tools inside a backpack including crow bars and an angle grinder, suspected to be used in attempt to get an anchored safe out of the floor.
A local homeowner also reported a stolen ladder early this morning, which was recovered at the muni by police and returned to its owner.
Anyone with any information regarding the recent break in at the muni is encouraged to contact the Isle Police Department at (320) 676-8507.