WACO, TX (KWTX) – A Central Texas town is rallying around a donut shop owner after his business was targeted by thieves early Wednesday morning.
Snowflake Donuts in Marlin was robbed by two suspects who smashed the front door glass just after midnight.
“First they tried to get through the back door, but they couldn’t open the back door, so they came to the front door and broke the glass and got through,” the official said. owner Pich Roth.
The suspects then ransacked the cash register before running out. The break-in set off an alarm which alerted the police.
Roth came to the scene to help clean up on Wednesday morning and decided to open for business as usual, but what happened was far from normal.
Customers learned of the burglary through word of mouth and social media and showed up at the store in a show of solidarity. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “It was so touching.”
Roth baked her average amount of donuts, kolaches and pastries, which she’s been doing for nearly five years, but it wasn’t enough.
She made a second batch, but customers bought all of those too. She then cooked a third batch.
Roth estimates she sold 20 dozen donuts and 18 dozen kolaches on Wednesday. Sales did not slow Thursday or Friday.
The owner took a photo of her 14-month-old daughter, Serena, standing in front of the empty shelves on Thursday and shared it on a Marlin social media page.
“I can’t thank everyone enough who came out to show their support this morning during our unfortunate time,” she wrote. “We were busier than usual.”
Along with buying the food, customers also filled a tip jar with donations, a jar that the owner really liked.
“A guy said, ‘How much did they steal from you?’ And I told him ‘about $40’ and he put $40 in the tip jar,” Roth said.
“I love the people of Marlin and our community.”
Marlin police tell KWTX that two suspects appeared on the security tape, but they cannot tell if they were male or female, and their faces were covered.
So far, they have no suspects. If you know of anything, please contact the Marlin Police Department at (254) 883-9255.
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