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Panama City Business Owner Regroups After Burglary

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A Panama City business owner is regrouping after someone broke into his shop and stole hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise.

'Ate-50' is a motorcycle cafe located just off West 4th Street in Panama City.

Someone broke into the business around 7:30 Friday night.

Lt. John Moore with Panama City Police, said Kenneth Fane broke the front window with a rock, then stole a motorcycle from the store. 

"Officers responded to the scene, put a bolo out for the suspect and the bike and located the suspect with the bike a few blocks away," he said.

Officers immediately arrested Fane, and charged him with burglary and grand theft auto.

Vaughn VanAmburg, the owner of Ate-50 said PCPD worked quickly on the case.    

"It was within minutes after I got here that they located him, followed him, apprehended him -- it literally took longer to do the paperwork," he said.

Police escorted VanAmburg to the scene, and returned the bike to its rightful owner.

"I'll probably think of it every time I ride it, but I'm going to fix it and try and move on like it never happened," he said.

But VanAmburg hopes this incident will not scare people away from Downtown Panama City.

"Our goal is to create more of a safe place in Downtown for people to come, this building was always dark and this was a dark side of town, but we're here and we're going to provide live music and other special events in downtown," he said.
    
PCPD recommends business owners install security systems and surveillance cameras to help deter burglars.


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