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Rash of business burglaries reported in Fairfield

Union photo by Andy Hallman

The Fairfield Eagles Club was one of several businesses that reported a burglary over the weekend in Fairfield. The door seen here on the ground was broken off its hinges.
Union photo by Andy Hallman The Fairfield Eagles Club was one of several businesses that reported a burglary over the weekend in Fairfield. The door seen here on the ground was broken off its hinges.
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FAIRFIELD —The Fairfield Police Department is investigating a series of burglaries at several businesses over the weekend.

According to information obtained via the city of Fairfield’s Facebook page, Fairfield Police Chief Dave Thomas reported the Fairfield Golf & Country Club was the first to report a break-in on Saturday morning, Aug. 3. Impact Fitness, La Hacienda Restaurant, and the Fairfield Eagles Club also reported break-ins. During the course of the break-ins, surveillance cameras were destroyed, along with other items inside the businesses.

Anyone with any information related to the break-ins is asked to contact the Fairfield Police Department at 641-472-4146.

Larry Hill, secretary of the Fairfield Eagles Club, said the burglar or burglars broke into the business by prying open an exterior door. The business’s safe was ruined as its knob and handle were broken off, though the safe itself was not opened. Hill suspects that the person or group who did this must have had a sledgehammer to cause the damage done to the safe.

“They opened all the video [game] machines and stole all the money in them,” Hill said. “They broke open the juke box and the coin dispenser on the pool table.”

The perpetrator(s) kicked in the door to the secretary’s office, and the door to the supply room. They threw bottles of liquor on the floor, and emptied a fire extinguisher by spraying it in the kitchen.

The destruction didn’t stop there. Hill said the burglars opened the drawers behind the bar and threw them on the floor. They did the same to the desk drawers in Hill’s office.

“They trashed it all right,” Hill said.

Norm Gegner was at the Fairfield Eagles Club when The Union stopped to investigate the scene on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 5. He said the burglars cut the building’s phone and internet cables. He said they brought a tool to grind into the ATM machine, though it’s not clear if they were able to take any money from it.

Gegner took photos of the damage for insurance purposes. He said members of the Fairfield Police Department also took photos and attempted to obtain footprints and fingerprints from the scene.

Hill said the burglary must have occurred between 9 p.m. Saturday, when it closed for the night, and 10 a.m. Sunday, when a trustee discovered the damage. Hill said the business will be closed until further notice, at least through Tuesday.

La Hacienda Restaurant posted a sign on its front door reading “Due to an inconvenience, we will be closed August 4 and will reopen Tuesday, August 6. Sorry!”

La Hacienda posted the following message on its Facebook page: “We are sorry to announce La Hacienda will be closed on Sunday, August 4th, due to a break in. We will spend the day putting our restaurant back together. If anyone has information it would be greatly appreciated.”

The Union sought comment from the Fairfield Police Department, but the investigating officers who could speak to the media were gone Monday.

The Union requested comment from the other businesses affected, but had not received comment as of deadline.