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Vandals twice hit Selma's Ice Cream Parlour in Afton

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The recently reopened Selma's Ice Cream Parlour received a poor welcome to the neighborhood earlier this month.

Selma's was broken into two nights in a row. According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the break-ins occurred June 15 and June 16. A records clerk declined to release additional information, saying the case remained under investigation.

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"I know it's not personal, so we don't take it that way," said Becky Nickerson, owner of Selma's. "It feels really invasive. You're uncomfortable in your own place the next day."

Nickerson said she arrived at the restaurant the morning of June 15 to find the front door unlocked. She said she then noticed the shop's stereo, valued at $550, was missing as was some petty cash.

"There was not a lot of damage or anything," she said.

Police found that the burglars had broken the windows and cut the screens.

The following day, June 16, the sheriff's office called Nickerson to inform her that Selma's had been broken into again. Suspects threw rocks through the side window.

Some additional change had been taken, Nickerson said.

"They didn't really leave with much," she said.

In total, Nickerson said she believes the suspects left with $1,000 in cash. She estimated the window damage to be about $500. Nickerson said she is planning to have a security system installed at the restaurant.

"We're going to be more diligent and I just hope it doesn't happen again," she said. "You feel so safe in a small town - we were probably too naïve."

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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