Customers rally around business owners after burglary

By Kattey Ortiz |

Published 07/29 2015 03:06AM

Updated 07/29 2015 03:06AM

NEWTON - After a brazen burglary is caught on camera at an all-season golf range and bar, a large fanbase of loyal customers is helping the owners get to the bottom of it.

A man was caught on camera breaking into Fore Seasons-Golf early Sunday morning and stealing $2,000 from the cash register. Owners Dawn and Dave Peters combed through hours of surveillance hoping they could find out who did it.

"When you watch the video of him walking through the door, the minute he walks through the door, you instantly feel violated," said Dawn, "instantly."

Both owners posted clips of surveillance footage on Facebook begging the public for their help. It's gotten more than 1,000 shares so far and they are offering a $100 reward for anyone who recognizes the man and leads officials to an arrest.

But not only are the tips coming in, the donations are too. Three different customers donated $250 in total to the posted reward as an added incentive to capture the thief.

"I feel violated for them," said regular customer Mike Reavis. "I feel upset for them. We're out here in the country, in a rural setting and it's kind of like that. Everybody's friends around here."

"A lot of them feel like this is their bar," Dawn said. "I mean, they're looking at everybody that walks through the door, like, 'Do we know them? Are they a regular? Have we seen them before?'"

The Jasper County Sherriff John Halferty said Tuesday his office has been getting many helpful tips, many from the Facebook post. But they are still not that close to an arrest.

If you recognize the man, you are asked to call Fore Seasons-Golf or the sherriff's office.

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