Mount Pleasant police are searching for the suspect(s) who broke into Festival Foods hours before the store’s official groundbreaking and stole thousands of dollars in equipment and copper piping.

Officers were called at 6:45 a.m. Friday to the store, 5740 Washington Avenue, for a report of a burglary. When police arrived, they discovered that sometime after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, thieves managed to get past three security locks and a plywood door to gain access to the site, which is currently under construction.

MPPD Sgt. Eric Relich said in a written release that several thousands of dollars in tools, equipment and copper were taken. A sound system that officials planned to use during the groundbreaking was also taken.

If anyone has information about this incident, leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, via the website www.racine.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) and typing in TIP417.

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