Mini crime spree hits Dinkytown

Al’s Breakfast and the Book House saw damage when they opened Thursday morning.

A series of businesses in Dinkytown were the victims of a small crime spree early Thursday morning. AlâÄôs Breakfast, at 413 14th Ave. reported property damage and burglary at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Co-owner Jim Brandes said the business lost about âÄúa couple hundred dollarsâÄù in change after thieves broke through the front window and rifled through the cash register. Brandes said AlâÄôs opened as usual Thursday morning, despite the crime. âÄúWe were open, just short a window,âÄù Brandes said. The burglary took place sometime between 3:00 and 5:30 a.m., according to a police report. The Book House also saw damage on Thursday morning, although less severe. Manager Adrian Doerr said a book table left outside the store overnight had been tipped over; he said the building, at 429 14th Ave. SE, had also been egged. Jim Cummings, owner of Cummings Books âÄî which is located between AlâÄôs and Book House âÄî said he also saw a car that had been tipped further down the northeastern end of 14th Avenue SE.