According to, Aroma Joe's, Little Miss Sophies Country Kitchen and Lone Oak Ice Cream all opened Monday morning to find that their businesses had been broken into or attempted to have been broken into.

At both Little Miss Sophies and Lone Oak, the intruders broke in successfully. The places were ransacked with cabinets open and things had been thrown on the floor. It can be assumed they were looking for money but only made off with two stereo systems from Little Miss Sophies.

At Aroma Joe's, they tried breaking in through the drive-thru window but an alarm was set off and they took off before the police arrived around 1:30 am Monday morning.

It is upsetting that these businesses in our community need to feel worried about closing up at the end of the day. I hope that Rochester Police Capt. Jason Thomas and his department are able to locate the individuals responsible.

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