"It's just so frustrating," Chaney's Diner & Deli owner Teresa Chaney told The Brazil Times. "All that they're doing is making a mess."
For the third time in the past six weeks, someone broke into the business located at 1945 E. United States 40, Harmony.
Despite installing extra security devices and new lighting in the parking lot, Teresa said the first two times someone got inside the building was by using the area near the air conditioner in the back.
"We've got that concreted up and installed deadbolt locks all over the place," she said.
Once inside, the suspect(s) have damaged equipment, left refrigerators open so food could spoil and vandalized the dinning area.
"Whoever is doing this makes a complete mess once they get inside," Chaney said. "It is so frustrating when you are trying to run a business seven days a week and constantly having to deal with things like this."
This time, the suspects kicked in the back door.
"Problem is if they want inside, they're going to come in no matter what we do," she said. "We're running out of things to do to stop them."
What baffles Teresa the most is the fact that no money is left inside the restaurant after closing.
"They took both my cash registers this time," she said. "The only things inside them were the keys to the bathrooms. They have never gotten any money. The last time they took three pies and ate them in the parking lot."
No other burglaries have been reported in the Harmony area to the Clay County Sheriff's Department at this time. However, officials are hopeful someone saw something suspicious happening around the diner and will come forward with additional information.
"We are looking for any information about suspicious activity that someone might have noticed around the diner or in the Harmony area," CCSD Deputy/K-9 Handler Brison Swearingen said. "Detective Jeff Maynard, our crime scene technician, has also been on the scene and collected evidence and fingerprints. We have some leads, but any other information would be an additional benefit to the case."
Teresa hopes the public will be able to provide some answers about the three burglaries.
"Hopefully, someone saw something and they will come forward," Chaney said. "Or maybe they will find my cash register drawers, anything that will help the police."
To report information about this case, or any other, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.