WENATCHEE — Police say a burglar broke into a Wenatchee Sherwin-Williams Paint Store on Friday night, stealing a safe and the roughly $500 inside of it.

An employee at the 1544 N. Wenatchee Ave. store found the shop’s door smashed open at about 8 a.m. on Saturday, said Cpl. Mark Ward with the Wenatchee Police Department.

Arriving police searched the shop, noting drag marks on the floor and a missing safe, he said. The safe is about the size of a two-drawer cabinet.

Police then received a call at 10:10 a.m. reporting that a burned “can” had been dropped off on an East Wenatchee resident’s driveway on 8th Street, he said.

Officers identified the burned metal object to be the missing safe, which had been opened and emptied, he said.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be checking the safe for fingerprints, but with the burns, “who knows what evidence may be there,” he said.

Authorities do not have a suspect and continue to investigate.

Luke Hollister: (509) 665-1172

hollister@wenatcheeworld.com or

on Twitter @lukeholli

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