Community Rallies to Help Local Cheesecake Company Rebuild After Weekend Burglary

April 15, 2018 10:58 PM

Thieves burglarized a beloved bakery in St. Louis Park during this past weekend's blizzard.

It happened Saturday at Muddy Paws Cheesecake Company on West 27th Street, when the bakery happened to be empty. 

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The owner, Tami Cabrera, was delivering desserts to a wedding reception in Stillwater at the time.  She said the roads were bad and because of white out conditions, her vehicle got stuck in a ditch. 

Cabrera says she called Marx Restaurant in Stillwater and paid for desserts to send to the reception next door.  She didn't want to disappoint the bride and groom.

 

"I've never missed a wedding in 25 years of business," she said.

Cabrera's bad day got worse when she returned to the bakery hours later.

"I came in to find what I think is a scene from Stranger Things," She said. "Wires are exposed, there's a hole in the roof, it was bad."

She said the prowlers somehow made it on the roof of the warehouse and used a tool to cut their way through a metal roof and gain access to her shop.

The intruders broke wedding plates and stands, stole cash and checks, ransacked and vandalized Muddy Paws.  They even tried to carve their way through walls separating the bakery and another businesses.

 "I think they attempted to escape and couldn't," she said.

St. Louis Park police are reviewing surveillance footage from a camera outside of the business.

Cabrera said this is the "slow time" for her business and she and her employee's needed that money to get by.

 "It's the hardest time of the year to have a loss like this," she said. "It's really hard until wedding season starts, then the holidays, but it's hard because it's quiet."

Cabrera looked around the bakery and shrugged Sunday.  She started packing up cheesecakes to take to a catering job.  Her shop is small and she needs the business, especially after what just happened,

"My biggest thought was how are we going to save the bakery, I just don't have the ability to absorb this," Cabrera said

Friends of hers and fans of Muddy Paws heard about what happened and took action.  Cabrera is a giver, well-known for her cheesecake and charitable acts, so supporters set up a fundraiser online to help the bakery recover and rebuild.

"I am heartbroken and overjoyed by the people who have come forward and helped," she said. "It shows you there are good people."

 

 

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Beth McDonough

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