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Burglars break into Salty Dawg, steal cash from ATM

Aaron Selbig, KBBI News

Homer’s most iconic bar, the Salty Dawg Saloon, was broken into over the weekend. Manager Cecilia Rockett said two men broke into the bar sometime after it closed early Sunday morning. Rockett said calls of support have been pouring in all day.

“Everybody that works there, we’re all incredibly overwhelmed because we’ve all worked there for a number of years and it’s kind of basically our second home,” Rockett said. “It’s hit us pretty hard in the gut. For me personally, I basically shut my phone off for a while today, go for a walk and clear my head a little bit.”

Homer Police say a Salty Dawg employee notified the department about the break-in at about 9 a.m. Sunday. Homer Police are releasing very few details at this time.

Rockett offered a few more details. She said the men were able to break into the ATM and walked away with additional cash the bar had on hand. She declined to say how much cash was taken. Rockett also declined to give out any more information due to Homer Police’s ongoing investigation, but the bar did release a photo of one of the alleged burglars on its Facebook page.

The Salty Dawg’s doors remained closed all day Sunday, but the bar reopened Monday.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect comments from Salty Dawg Saloon manager Cecilia Rockett. 

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