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Burglars leave pipes to freeze at Burlington business

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

At Burlington's Radio Deli they're trying to get back to normal.

"It's tough, it's tough," Pam Scanlon said.

Wednesday some employees had an unwanted day off and owners Pam Scanlon and Michael Niederer had a big mess to clean up.

"The glass was all over," Scanlon said.

Police say just after midnight Wednesday three men broke through the front door, grabbed cigarettes, potato chips and pepperoni. Then the thieves took off out the back and left the door wide open.

"Oh and the pipes burst because the doors were wide open for four or more hours with subzero temperatures, and then the pipes froze and burst. So we couldn't serve any food all day yesterday," Scanlon said.

The added pipe repair costs add insult to injury. Scanlon and her partner also own the Pearl Street Diner down the street.

"We're a small business, two small businesses intertwined together. Our goal for the whole time has been to be a small little local neighborhood business, be affordable to our neighbors," Scanlon said. "And to have somebody come in and, just like, assault our business."

But they are moving on. The glass is fixed, employees are back earning money and customers are buying food.

"It is sad because it is a local store," one customer said. "They worked hard to get the store to where it is now."

The experience has not changed Scanlon's love of her neighborhood, but she warns other store owners to invest in security cameras. Video captured the men showing their masks and hoods, but also an Adidas backpack.

"It's more than just somebody taking cigarettes; it affects a lot of people," Scanlon said.

Police hope that video prompts someone to come forward with information. Detectives are also looking into any possible connection to other business burglaries.

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