Baked, a bakery located near the boardwalk in Mission Beach, has been robbed twice since June.
Owner Nanci Houlgate said the burglar took “a whole bunch of bread, cookie dough and, oh…some change,” referring to a few dollars in tips left by the cash register. The intruder caused no damage, leading to the belief that the perpetrator had locksmith skills.
Following the June break-in, Houlgate installed video cameras. On Tuesday, August 21, her cameras were successful in capturing a break-in by a young white male wearing a hoodie under a checkered flannel shirt. Houlgate assumes it was the same individual who robbed the place in June.
He arrived equipped with a large bag that he filled, she said, with “a ton of food” items, which he carefully wrapped, then he emptied the tip jar.
Despite the intrusions, Houlgate seems lighthearted: she’s offering a cinnamon roll a day for life for anyone who identifies the crook, leading to an arrest and conviction for breaking and entering.
Houlgate says “No” when asked if the reward is a joke. Over a lifetime of 40 years the cost could amount to over $50,000 in cinnamon rolls. “That’s okay,” she says. “I hope I’m in business that long.”