Pass It On store manager Diane MacGregor and Pelican Rapids Police Chief Jeff Stadum.

An apparent break-in attempt at the Pass It On Ministry Thrift Store was unfortunate.
But on the other hand, viewing it from the bright side, it is probably only the second burgarly attempt in more than 15 years.


In terms of small business break-ins, that’s a pretty good record said Police Chief Jeff Stadum.
One Pass It On store volunteer speculated that it may have been simple vandalism as much as an attempt to steal anything.


The damaged door frame was on the storage shed in back of the retail store itself. Typically, there isn’t much of value stored in the shed, as it is mostly donated goods awaiting sorting and processing.


Diane MacGregor has been store manager for 15 years, and she also recalled only one other damage due to tampering.


The incident probably occurred overnight, Oct. 14-15. A crow bar was probably used to pry away at the door, frame and lock. But the suspects apparently just gave up and walked away, never gaining entry. The dollar value of the damage was minimal, but a hassle in trimming up some new lumber.


The store is open, with hours limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pass It On store is open Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon