Peterborough police investigating break-ins at three local businesses

Series of break-ins, including one at Ritual Apothecary on Charlotte Street, took place between February 14 and 17

Peterborough police are investigating break-ins at a Hunter Street East business and two businesses on Charlotte Street, including at Ritual Apothecary, the winner of the 2018 Win This Space entrepreneurial competition in downtown Peterborough. All three break-ins took place between February 14 and 17, 2019. (Photo: Peterborough DBIA)
Peterborough police are investigating break-ins at a Hunter Street East business and two businesses on Charlotte Street, including at Ritual Apothecary, the winner of the 2018 Win This Space entrepreneurial competition in downtown Peterborough. All three break-ins took place between February 14 and 17, 2019. (Photo: Peterborough DBIA)

Peterborough police are investigating a series of break-ins at three local businesses over the last week:

  • Sometime between 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 14th and 7:40 a.m. on Friday, February 15th, an unknown person or persons broke into a business on Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough and stole items including a key-cutting machine and deadbolts.
  • Sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15th and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 16th, an unknown person or persons broke into a locked and secure store on Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough and stole items including jewellery, a laptop, and an iPad.
  • Sometime between 7 p.m. on Friday, February 15th and 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 17th, an unknown person or persons broke into a business on Hunter Street East in East City through a locked door and stole an amount of cash from a locked cash box.

Police have not indicated whether these incidents are related, and have not released the names of the businesses involved.

However, kawarthaNOW has learned one of the businesses is Ritual Apothecary at 196 Charlotte Street, owned and operated by Nadine McCallen. McCallen, who was the grand prize winner of the 2018 Win This Space entrepreneurial competition, opened the natural health products store in July 2018.

Ritual Apothecary shared details about the robbery on its social media accounts on February 16th.

Anyone with information about any of these crimes is asked to call the Peterborough Police Service at 705-876-1122 or, if you prefer to remain anonymous, at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at stopcrimehere.ca.

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Last night our little shop was robbed. They took everything dear to us, our ipad, and computer, cash, valuable product… feeling violated is hard to recover from, but I know that those who took from me took because they are lacking, they are needy, their desperation has nothing to do with me and everything to do with their own sore hearts. Hours might be strange in the next two days as we recover, but I encourage all of you lovely caring, loyal people to keep coming in, shopping here, helping us to build back up. Beauty is self-replicating. We must keep being beautiful. ?? Shout out to @murryrae for showing up minutes after i called her and giving me the hug i needed and to Aon, our landlords, for being the first people on a Saturday morning to get their butts over here and help us pick up the pieces. ?? Todd.

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