Police are on the lookout for a man who forced his way into an apartment below Harbor View Pub and Eatery in Phillips early Monday morning.
According to Phillips police, the lone suspect approached the business on foot with a crowbar in one hand and a cell phone in the other. The suspect was wearing rubber boots, blue jeans, and a camo jacket, with a face mask covering half of his face. He also appeared to be wearing eyeglasses.
A tenant of the apartment confronted the man inside the building, at which point the man apologized and ran away to a pickup truck parked several blocks away, according to police.
What appears to be an attempted burglary was the second such incident on the same day, as police were called to Schienebeck's Shanty in Butternut Monday morning for another reported break-in when store owners found their counter was torn apart and over $300 missing from the cash drawer.
"Whoever did it came in through our side door, which we have to replace, and went through the kitchen and unplugged our camera, so we didn't get any footage at all," said owner Lisa Schienebeck.
Police are investigating whether the two incidents are related.
On Sunday, Jan. 12, a detached building at a residence on Old Highway 13 Road was also burglarized. Items reported missing included an air compressor, a 110 wire feed welder, a Milwaukee grinder, a Craftsman tool socket set, a Master Force 20 volt cordless drill, and a Master Force cordless band saw.
Other recent burglaries include items stolen from Randy's Mini Storage south of Phillips on Dec. 19 and again Jan. 5, and another storage unit north of Phillips, occurring Dec. 12 and again Jan. 6.
Park Falls Police Chief Jerry Ernst said Park Falls is fortunate to have, so far, avoided any
burglary incidents in recent weeks.
Police are asking anyone with information about these incidents to contact the Phillips Police Department at 715-339-3847, or the Price County Sheriff's Department at 715-339-3011. Anonymous tips can also be made at the NIXLE tip line at 855847-7247, or text TIP PRICE followed by your message to 888777 from your mobile phone.