‘In desperate need of pies’ Thanksgiving week Ballwin burglar leaves cash and a nice note

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BALLWIN, Mo. – Ballwin police are looking into a Thanksgiving pie caper.

The Honey Baked Ham store on Manchester was closed for the holiday and at least two pies were taken.

In this case, "taken" does not mean "stolen."

According to Officer Mike Burgoyne, Ballwin Police Department, the front door was apparently left unlocked on Thanksgiving.

At least two customers went to the store hoping it was open for business. After customers took the pies, another customer went to the store around 1 p.m., walked in, found the place empty, and money with a note, sitting on the cash register.

That customer was mystified and called the police.

Officers found no forced entry and no sign of a crime, even though the pie-takers had to walk around the counter to get the pies from the refrigerator.

“(Officers) responded, found the door open, searched the business,” Burgoyne said. “They didn’t find anything inside the business but some money that was left and note that said two pies were taken because they were dire need of pies for Thanksgiving.”

The note reads, “Happy Thanksgiving! No one was here, and we were in desperate need of pies. Left money, took pies. Thanks!”

“Nothing else was missing. We believe $26 was left. Each pie cost $11. So, they even left money to cover the tax,” Burgoyne said. “It’s definitely not something we recommend but as far as we know they didn’t break any laws.”


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