Hardware store burglar sentenced to 17 years
According to an article in The Republic of Columbus, Ind., a man convicted of burglary and theft of a hardware store received a sentence of 17 years in prison.
Robert Owen Luetke, 44, was found guilty of the felonies in a case that involved the theft of copper wire and tubing from Country Bins hardware store in Columbus, Ind. Luetke, who was found to be a habitual offender, was also ordered to pay the hardware store $450.
A co-defendant, John E. McIntosh, 45, of Hope, Ind., is scheduled to be sentenced later in Jauary.
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In Oregon town, hardware store replaces drug store
A building in Seaside, Ore. is shifting from health care to hammers and nails.
According to an article in the Seaside Signal, the building that once was the Holladay Drug Store will soon be an Ace Hardware location. The owner Winfeld Muffett, told the newspaper that the community needs a local hardware store.
The 9,300-square-foot store is expected to open in March. According to the article, Muffett owns variety store businesses in the Vancourver, Wash., area; and in southern Oregon.
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In Milwaukee, hard times for hardware stores
According to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the number of independent hardware stores in Milwaukee has shrunk 50% since the mid-1990s.
The article quotes Doug Mamayek, owner of Mamayek’s Hardware, which is one of several recent hardware stores in the area to close. "We haven’t been profitable probably for almost 10 years now," he told the newspaper.
Competition from national chains plus the weak economy were cited as causes for a rapid decline in the area’s independent hardware stores, from 50 Milwaukee County stores in the mid-1990s to about 25 today.
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