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Burglars neglect cash registers and steal beer

Burglars broke into two Thurston Count y businesses after midnight Tuesday, bypassing the cash registers for their intended target: beer.

Surveillance video from The Village Mart at 3210 Cooper Point Road N.W. shows burglars breaking a front window and making off with two cases of Keystone beer, Sheriff's Lt. Chris Mealy said.

The beer was worth about $20; the glass window was worth $1,500, Mealy said.

About 4 a.m. Tuesday, burglars reportedly broke a front window of the Chambers Prairie General Store at 2914 Yelm Highway S.E. and stole a 12-pack of Miller Lite and two 24-packs of Milwaukee's Best. Those beverages also were worth about $20.

The sheriff's office also is investigating how items worth $1,600 were taken from the Rags to Riches store at 9220 Martin Way E.

The owner told deputies that between Friday and Sunday, a dark-red, wooden piano worth about $1,000 was reported missing. A toolbox worth about $500 and keys to Ford vehicles worth about $100 also were missing.

The vehicles still were at the property, and t here were no signs of forced entry. Whom to call

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.

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