Jeff Bowen of Rednex Rebellion woke up to some bad news. His downtown store had been robbed.

"Not exactly the way I had imagined waking up the day after my wedding. A phone call from the cops to let you know your store was broken into," he wrote in a Facebook post.

The rash of recent break-ins has Montana Lomnicki -- who co-owns the neighbouring business, Hoolio & Goober -- thinking the thieves may be getting bolder.

"There's lots of people downtown, and you wouldn't think that people are going to do it, but they do," she said Monday.

Last week, owners of Board Anyone were upset, after thieves smashed through their front door, then smashed into a display case on the Thanksgiving long weekend.

"It's concerning in that there have been three within the last 10 days or two weeks, as well as the fact I don't think anybody's been caught for it and it seems to be getting worse, rather than better," Lomnicki continued.

Last Friday, Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield met with the detachment commander for the OPP, Insp. Jeff Duggan, and they discussed ways the community can work together and prevent crime. Duggan is also expected to answer questions at the downtown BIZ annual meeting October 23.

Statistics from the OPP show the number of break-ins for 2018 is actually down compared with the same time last year. There have been a total of 55 in Kenora this year, compared with 63 during the same time period last year.

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