The Fishbowl broken

Posted March 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm


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By Sherry Lind | Editor

The Fishbowl, a bar in Cooperstown, suffered a break in during the early morning hours of Friday, March 1, 2013. The front door had been pried with a crowbar, damaging the door so that it had to be replaced. Once inside, the thieves immediately unplugged the security cameras and then proceeded to break into the pull-tab machine and an ATM, both of which were emptied of their monetary content. The thieves fortunately did not take or damage anything else on the premises. Rick and Jody Rahlf, the owners of The Fishbowl, were robbed previously when they owned the bar in Sutton.

Following is a report from the Griggs County Sheriff’s Department on the incident:

A water pipe break at the Sheyenne River caused city crews to work through the night. In the process of returning equipment to the city of Cooperstown city employees observed a vehicle parked near Jerry’s Autobody Shop. At 5:11 a.m. on March 1, 2013 the city employees called the Sheriff’s Department to report a suspicious vehicle that had been parked there for some time running. The employees said they did not see anyone in the vehicle when they passed it.

Sheriff’s Deputy Gray, responded to the call and the vehicle was gone at that time. Contact was made with the reporting employees who said the vehicle was right in the area where the deputy had been looking. The employees relayed information that another person who had been working with them on the water main break observed two male subjects in the area of the city shop at around 2:30 a.m. When the person saw the subjects, they also saw him and left down an alley.

After hearing about the two subjects, Deputy Gray began checking doors in the business district of downtown Cooperstown. During the door checks, Deputy Gray found the door to The Fishbowl bar had been pried. A search of the bar showed that it had been burglarized.

A check of the other businesses in the area by Deputy Wallerich found that The Fishbowl was the only business that had been burglarized. During the investigation, it was learned the pull-tab machine had been breached as well as an ATM machine located in the bar. An undisclosed amount of money was removed from both machines.

It was also learned, that the American Legion bar in Valley City had been burglarized the previous evening. At this time there appears to be a possible connection between the two burglaries.

Both of these cases are currently being investigated by the Griggs County Sheriff’s Department, the Valley City Police Department and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The Griggs County Sheriff’s Department encourages citizens to report any and all suspicious activities that they may encounter to the Sheriff’s Department. This can be done by calling 797 – 2202 or by calling 911. Citizens are encouraged to report anything they may see that seems suspicious no matter what time of day or night it is. By reporting the incidents as they occur, the Sheriff’s Office may be able to apprehend those responsible.

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