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Burlington family business plagued by break-ins and high water

Burlington, Vermont - June 1, 2011

Charlie Auer is usually busy running his business on Lake Champlain this time of year.
Now he spends his days dealing with flooding, and numerous breakins at his family's boathouse business.

Charie Auer, co-owner of the Auer Family Boathouse said, "This is the first bad breakin because normally we are there. I'm usually there in April."

Auer says he's seeing looting like never before, and daily damage to the structure.

"I've been changing the latches and fixing the doors and putting the doors back on, but they do it again," Auer explained

The family business has seen broken windows, damaged door frames and entry way latches, and Wednesday morning he realized his boats were gone.

"One 14 foot hobie cat, I do not know if that went out yesterday or what but that is gone. And one 12 foot fiberglass boat."
The inside of their camp has seen more than just water damage -- they say intruders have ransacked the place destroying family momentos in the process.

"There is a number of small articles that meant nothing to them but meant something to us."

Auer doubts that they will be able to open this year.  He says there just too much damage from the flood.

Auer says family photographs, fishing poles and and other materials have also been taken. Burlington Police say they plan to investigate further, but have not received any other reports of robbery in that area.

Molly Smith - WCAX News

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