A new business owner in Trail is facing an unexpected repair bill following a Sunday night robbery.
Tomatoes and Thyme Cafe owner Kandy Schroder says unknown culprits literally ripped off an outside wall in the back of her Old Waneta Road restaurant and left a mess behind before leaving through an existing door.
“We were broken into last night,” Schroder said Monday, referring to her cafe located next to Columbia Valley Greenhouses. “It was an odd one. They came through the rear wall and ripped out drywall and insulation. Then exited through a door. Strange.”
Trail police are calling the break in a robbery, says Sgt. Darren Oelke, pointing out when someone steals something from another with threat or force, the action is considered robbery.
He said a small amount of cash was taken.
The RCMP are investigating and awaiting video and other forensic identification, Oelke added.
Tomatoes and Thyme Cafe has only been open since early June. But Schroder, who serves fresh fare daily in the peaceful space, says she’s already fixing the damage.
“The repairs to the building had to be completed immediately,” she explained. “The mess they left inside was pretty bad, but nothing in the building was beyond repair.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Trail RCMP detachment at 364.2566 or Crime Stoppers 1.800.222.TIPS(8477).