ST. GEORGE- It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke, but as far as Carl Lamar was concerned, it was an act of a fool.
The Dance Magic dance gear store at 334 W. Tabernacle Street in St. George, owned and operated by Lamar’s wife, Carmen, was robbed Thursday through Friday. Lamar said nothing was taken, but one of the two front glass doors was smashed and the store’s back door was damaged.
It’s that metal back door that has left Carl Lamar, who has been a familiar voice since 1987 on 99.9 KONY Country radio, scratching his head.
“To get out, all they had to do was slide the lock and open this latch. No, they decided to take a crowbar and bend it so they could open it,” said said Carl Lamar. “That’s stupid. Criminals are stupid.
The metal between a door latch and a doorknob was bent and decorative felt ripped off, with a recent St. Patrick’s Day decorative leprechaun displayed nearby. But that Irish luck was left for the storefront.
Whoever broke in destroyed the right front door of the store, leaving the glass shattered, said Carmen Lamar, when she arrived at the store Friday morning after being contacted by St. George police. She said her store’s alarm system went down.
However, a repair crew was already on the scene by early afternoon, installing a new ready-made door.
“We were lucky they already had the right size door in stock,” said Carl Lamar.
Carl Lamar is also the voice of news bulletins on Canyon Media’s radio stations and program director for KZNU, St. George News Radio 1450 AM and 93.1 FM. This month, he will celebrate his 50th birthday on the radio.
St. George News is part of Canyon Media, which includes radio stations KONY and KZNU.
A full stock of leotards, shoes and other equipment for dancers and gymnasts remained in the store. There was no apparent damage beyond the front and rear doors. The two Lamars speculated that the culprits were only trying to get money from the store, but found none.
But what they took was part of Carmen Lamar’s peace of mind.
“It’s horrible. You feel like you’ve been raped,” she said. “I was just upset that the damage they caused was so unnecessary, you know, because why break two doors, one door was not enough? I mean, it’s depressing that they’re invading your space.
Carmen Lamar said she would still try to pick up customers on Friday for the store, which is usually closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Lamars said they heard of other recent burglaries in the area.
St. George police had no information about the incident at Dance Magic. However, St. George Police Officer Tiffany Mitchell said there isn’t necessarily an increase in crime in the area.
“I can’t say we had a lot,” Mitchell said. “It still happens.”
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