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Burglary Hurts Madison Bar's Bottom Line

June 1, 2014, 9:55 PM by Leland Steva

Burglary Hurts Madison Bar's Bottom Line

On Sundays the doors are normally closed at Teezer's Bar in Madison. Last Sunday that wasn't the case, and not because the bar was open for business.

"The bar manager that drove by on Sunday afternoon noticed the door was flopping open so she stopped in and checked it out and had noticed that the ATM machine was destroyed," Owner Jeff Gates said.

Owner Jeff Gates says the burglars pried open the front door with a crowbar and took money from the ATM and five video lottery machines.

"First thing that goes through my mind is thank God they didn't come in as an armed robbery. Somebody could have been hurt, but the money can be replaced but it's recouping the money. For a small business a few thousand dollars can really add up quick and it is a hurt," Gates said.

Gates says the money stolen wasn't just for his bar.

"Not only was that money taken from me, I still owe that money to other companies. The state of South Dakota, I owe them 50 percent and the people that owe the video lottery machines. I still owe them the money also," Gates said.

With the money missing and having to pay other companies, Gates says the bar and its 10 employees will struggle after this setback, but the small business owner is confident they will bounce back. Business at the bar is doing well, backed by a loyal base of customers.

"It's funny how I've had so many comments how the customers feel like they stole from them also," Gates said.

Teezers will need those customers to help them after burglars used the small business for a jackpot.

Gates says the bar will take extra security measures after the burglary, including having a dog in the bar overnight.

Madison Police Department is offering a $200 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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