LAS CRUCES – A Beck’s Roasting House & Creamery baker arrived at work Saturday morning to find shattered windows, upturned furniture and food items thrown all over the small coffee house on Mesquite Street.
Owner Arianna Parsons said it was heartbreaking to find the business in such a state.
“I think there’s still a little bit of shock, but every day it starts to set in more and more. We’re just deeply sad,” she said. “It seems like someone who is really unstable was just going to town.”
Beck’s does have an alarm system, but it was not set Friday night.
Luckily, nothing was stolen and the large equipment was unharmed. Willow + Blaine, the next-door wine bar and bistro also owned by Parsons and her husband, was left untouched.
Beck’s was closed to customers Saturday while the entire Beck’s team went in to clean the mess. Monday is being used to replace windows, replace food items and connect with insurance. Parsons said they are not sure at this point of the full extent of the damage or how much it will cost to replace everything.
Their goal is to reopen Tuesday in some capacity, but likely not full service.
“I think our biggest concern right now is getting back open, one, so that our employees are taken care of. I mean, this is their livelihood, they need this income. And I think that’s the hardest part of all of it for us is knowing that we have so many people who depend on this,” Parsons said. “And then our customers, too. I think being able to reopen and having a space where we can all kind of grieve together is really important.”
She said the outpouring of support from the community had been “overwhelmingly beautiful.” Cookies, pies and notes of support have all been sent their way.
A GoFundMe fundraiser was started Monday morning by a friend to help with employee compensation and lost revenue. Over $900 had been raised in the first couple of hours. Donors include Las Cruces City Councilors Johana Bencomo and Tessa Abeyta-Stuve, and Marci Dickerson of The Game. The page can be found at gofund.me/ac6c5a9e.
A spokesperson for the Las Cruces Police Department said Monday no arrests have been made in this case.
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