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Indianapolis pretzel shop targeted three times in one month by thieves

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 15, 2015) -- The owner of a north side pretzel shop is fed up with burglars hitting his business. He says over the last three weekends, someone has been throwing rocks at the glass door and windows. This weekend, the owner says their attempts were successful. Whoever broke in got away with some change and outdated electronics, but Patrick Wojtalik is responsible for fixing the broken glass and another messy problem that happened because of the intrusion.

Wojtalik is in the business of making pretzels. The Pennsylvania native, turned Hoosier, keeps his Philadelphia ties with him.

"In my opinion, it's a great addition to this neighborhood," Wojtalik said.

For some reason it's become the target for thieves three times.

"Every weekend, basically for the last three weekends, I've come in to the shop and the doors have been smashed in the store," he said.

The first two times, Wojtalik doesn't think anyone got in. Between late Friday and early Saturday, someone did and stole an old iPad and just a little bit of money.

"Less than $10 in coins," Wojtalik said.

He's out that money plus the hundreds of dollars he has to spend again to fix the damage. As the cold seeped in through the broken glass, his pipes froze and burst.

"I've learned to be pretty handy working in the pretzel shop, so, you know, anything that happens I'm the one who has to fix it," Wojtalik said.

Wojtalik is now considering putting bars on the windows and taking other security measures.

"If that's what it takes to keep the employees and the business safe, then that's what we'll have to do," he added.

If you know who may be behind this break-in, call IMPD or stay anonymous and call Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.