Community supports Crown Candy after burglary; suspect at large -

Community supports Crown Candy after burglary; suspect at large

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

One suspect is at large after a break-in and robbery at Crown Candy Kitchen in the 1400 block of St. Louis Avenue early Tuesday morning.

"We've been here 102 years and this is only the third time, that I know of, that something like this has happened," said Andy Karandzieff, owner of Crown Candy. "And all three times, it's only just been change out of the register, nothing else."

Karandzieff, who lives above the restaurant, said he heard glass shatter and his security alarm begin to sound just after midnight on Tuesday.

When he went downstairs into the restaurant he noticed a window on the east side of the building was broken.

The unknown suspect broke in through the window and stole change from the cash register before fleeing on foot, police said.

"It was not a very successful burglary, but unfortunately it broke two windows, glass was shattered everywhere in my candy room," said Karandzieff. "I'm going to lose about 200 pounds of chocolate... we're looking at at least a couple thousand dollars [worth of chocolate]."

After the burglary, Karandzieff said he received an outreach of support from his friends, family and customers.

"It makes you feel good, how much this city, this community loves us," said Karandzieff. "The gentleman from Mills Windows and Doors, who put windows in for us before, has come down and offered to replace the window for nothing."

Authorities described the suspect as a male in his thirties, ranging from five foot ten to six foot tall. He was wearing a leather or vinyl baseball cap, a dark jacket with thin stripes down the sleeves and dark pants.

The investigation is ongoing.

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