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Lunenburg businesswoman in shock after robbery at pub closed due to COVID-19

The Knot Pub in sunnier times.
The Knot Pub in sunnier times. - Google Streetview


When Denyse Flower, owner of Lunenburg’s Knot Pub, went to her business March 23 to do a good deed - get potatoes to donate to the local food bank - she discovered she had been robbed.

When Flower went behind the building, she noticed the outdoor freezer had been broken into.

The freezer hadn’t been emptied, but some boxes of five ounce and eight to 12 ounces of haddock had been taken – Flower estimates about $350 worth.

“Not a lot,” said Flower. “But anything is something when you’re not operating.”

The pub has been closed since March 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Being closed, Flower said, makes businesses more vulnerable to incidents like these. She said nothing like this has happened to her restaurant in the past.

With more businesses closing and waiting out the virus, Flower believes this break-in is just the beginning.

“Do I think things are going to get worse? Yes,” she said. “I hope I’m wrong.”

Flower believes the motivation for the crime wasn’t in search of food, but in search of quick cash.

“They left other food items in the freezer,” Flower said. “Those are more saleable to restaurants.”

Flower said she was “surprised that it wasn’t emptied,” but not surprised by what was taken. While she said she was “numb” to the break-in, it left her feeling vulnerable.

“I think you’re going to see more panic and more vulnerability,” she said. “Not just with businesses, just with people in general.”

According to Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, spokesperson for the Nova Scotia RCMP, break-ins to businesses are uncommon in Lunenburg. She hopes that they won’t become more frequent while businesses are closed and that people will choose to stay inside.

The best advice Clarke has for businesses closed during a pandemic is to invest in video monitoring. Owners should also continue to monitor their business and contact the RCMP if they see any suspicious activity in the area.

“If a person has a concern, or a business is being targeted,” Clarke said in an interview, “It’s definitely a good idea to give us a call.”

While the Knot Pub has an alarm system, it currently has no cameras. After this incident, though, Flower plans on installing cameras.

“I don’t like to feel that I ever want to spy on anybody, but I guess we’re going to have to,” she said.

Flower also said even though her business experienced a break-in, there are “more things we have to worry about [and] get through, first.”

Flower said she the community has been supportive after the incident.

“We’ve been a supporter over 30 years in the community, and it sort of calls back to you when you’re in need,” she said.

The RCMP urges anyone with information on the break-in at the Knot Pub to call the Lunenburg District RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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