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New Madison Avenue Store Burglarized Before It Opens

Thirstees, a new “bling apparel” shop in Lakewood, was getting ready to mark its grand opening.

For a new business owner, being burglarized is no way to start off.

Just ask Renee Lavelle, who’s at 15301 Madison Avenue.

Her new “bling apparel” and accessories store was broken into on Memorial Day. 

After the window was smashed, a trail of blood led police to the suspect’s apartment next door. 

The woman, who was arrested and charged with burglary, was wearing a stolen Thirstee Rhinestone Bartender Shirt when officers came knocking, Lavelle said. 

“Thirstees had several hundreds of dollars in damages and stolen goods to clean up before next week’s grand opening,” she said. “I am thankful to Lakewood police for a job well done.”

This store — selling items ranging from bachelorette party wear, sports-mom gear, to dance, wine and cocktail T-shirts — is set to mark its grand opening next week.

Lavelle makes more than 90 percent of the items in the store.

The grand opening event is set from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 9; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10.

Brandon Scullion May 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM
If this person died in the process she would have been nominated for a Darwin Award.
John Stark May 31, 2012 at 04:23 PM
What a horrible retail concept... I predict this store will be closed before the end of the year.
The original Bill May 31, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Way to post a positive comment John. I would hope this place succeeds, since we don't need anymore vacant storefronts on Madison. Good luck with your business Renee. People like John are in the minority here in Lakewood and in fact people like him should just move away from Lakewood. And as far as predictions go John, I predict you are going to live a wretched life with your negative attitude.
Christin Sorensen June 13, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Wow, that is really harsh. As a fellow business owner on Madison, Crafty Goodness, I wish her all the success in the world!
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