Margaretville Liquor store break-in: not your typical burglary

By Joe Moskowitz

Margaretville Liquor vandalized: Photo by Joe MoskowitzMargaretville Liquor vandalized: Photo by Joe Moskowitz

The Margaretville Liquor Store on Main Street was burglarized early Tuesday morning and the person who did it may have been thoughtful enough to call the storeowner in order to prevent any further losses.
Storeowner Steve Yaekel said that he got a phone call at home at about 12:30 a.m. from someone who told him that the one of the store’s front windows had been broken out.

Wine taken
Yaekel told the News that when he arrived at the store, the window was shattered and a thief had made off with one case of wine that was on display behind the window. No money or any other wine or liquor was missing.
Yaekel said there is reason to believe that the person who called him about the break-in was the burglar. A nearby surveillance camera recorded video of the person who may have been responsible.
Yaekel said this is at least the third time his store has been broken into, and it is the second time that the crime has been rather unusual.
About two years ago, the same window was broken out. It was even easier to find that burglar. “He was just sitting there, drinking a bottle of scotch. He said he did it because he was homeless and had no place to go,” Yaekel said. At press time yesterday, police had not made an arrest in the most recent break-in.