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Store window is smashed, doll stolen

by Linda Hiller

Sometimes a Monday can seem to go on forever. For Susan Hunt, the owner of Cinnamon Rose in Gardnerville, the call at 6:30 a.m. from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was only the beginning of a really, really bad day.

“The sheriff called me at 6:30 this morning to tell me that my store had been broken into. Usually I am closed Mondays, so I hadn’t planned to be here, especially for something like this,” she said as she looked at the broken glass spread over the floor of her recently-robbed antique and consignment store.

Sometime, most likely in the middle of the night Sunday, someone broke a large glass window in the front of her antique and collectibles business and grabbed a life-sized Hanna doll, valued at $845. As of Tuesday, nothing else had been discovered missing from the store, Hunt said.

“They obviously came just for the doll,” Hunt said. “That’s all that was stolen, as far as I can tell. They even left the doll stand, which I can’t imagine them being without, since the doll is big and would flop over without it.”

n Must be some doll. Nearly five feet tall, Hanna has a porcelain head with long black hair in ringlets. She was last seen wearing a wide-brimmed lacy hat and a mid-calf length antique lace dress with little antique boots that has side buttons, Hunt said. Anyone who might see this newcomer in their neighborhood should call the sheriff’s office at 782-9935.

Hunt, 51, who lives in Double Springs south of Gardnerville, has owned Cinnamon Rose for four years. This is the first robbery she’s had, and, considering what was stolen, she has been wracking her brain to think of who would want a doll so badly they’d break a big window to steal it.

“I did have one middle-aged lady and her daughter in here Saturday, and the lady was very interested in the doll,” Hunt said. “I like to think the best of people, but I do wonder about her. She’d said they were from out of town and were thinking about moving here, and she kept looking at the doll. It was obvious she didn’t have any money, and her daughter was looking at a beanie baby, which is still here in the store.”

n From bad to worse. As Hunt waited for glass repairmen to board up the gaping hole in her store later that blustery Monday morning, bad turned to worse. A wind gust knocked down the sign of her neighbor’s business, Gardnerville Jewelry and Loan, and it landed on her vintage maroon 1976 Mercedes Benz car, parked in front of the store.

“It happened around 11 a.m., and I didn’t see it fall, but I saw the dust and heard the crash,” she said. “The guys who were putting up the boards on the window were getting out of the way. I couldn’t believe it.”

Hunt said a friend of hers, as she looked at the landing spot of the sign, with its huge post, on Hunt’s car, said she was lucky she hadn’t been out there.

“She said I would have been killed,” Hunt said. “The weird thing is, I never park in that spot. I usually park where the window was broken, but the workers were there.”

Hunt said she was dumbfounded by Monday morning’s events.

“I was so upset that I couldn’t cry,” she said. “I did the next day, though.”

Cinnamon Rose is located at 1402 Highway 395. The store sells antiques, collectibles and gifts and consignment clothing.

“Actually, it’s been a bad year – the pipes froze in the back in December and flooded the back,” she said. “But I’m definitely not having a very good day today.”