Officials in Marshall County are investigating after a breaking and entering and an attempted fire at McGovern’s Smokehouse in Mozart.
A fire alarm call sent several fire crews and a Marshall County deputy to McGovern’s at 4:35 Tuesday morning, but when officials arrived on scene, they found no fire.
Instead, Chief Deputy Bill Helms said they found the business ransacked inside.
Chief Deputy Helms said it looked like McGovern’s was forcibly entered, but they are still not sure how.
Deputies believe more than one person is involved, as this incident is not looking like their typical breaking and entering cases.
“It appears that someone did attempt to get into the cash register, possibly ATM. We think they may have been in there for more than just a few minutes, it looks like they had a little bit of time,” said Chief Deputy Helms.
Contrary to the alarm call, it does not appear that there was ever an active fire.
Officials said that this is an extremely active investigation, and deputies are reviewing footage.
Deputies will interview neighbors and people in the area to try to piece the case together.
Officials are asking for the community’s help. If you know anything about this breaking and entering, call our anonymous Lauttamus Crimefighters Tipline at 1-800-223-0312 or call the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at 304-843-1500.