DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – It was a typical closing night for the staff at Cornellier fireworks stand. Then they awoke to find thousands of dollars of merchandise snatched overnight.
It happened at the Cornellier Fireworks stand in the Plaza 20 on Dodge Street. Briton Jacobson, Manager, was frustrated to see so much of their products taken away.
“It’s somewhat disappointing,” said Jacobson. “You know, it affected some of my assessments. Especially for people who actually work hard for what they do.”
Now, the Dubuque Police Department is investigating to find who stole the goods. Joe Messerich, Dubuque Police Department Public Information Officer, said that people should be aware of what kind of places are selling fireworks.
“You know, is it somebody out in the wide open that’s selling out of a tent that’s been there for a while? It’s been up and running since the sale of fireworks was allowed the year by the state,” said Messerich.” Or is it just somebody just selling it out of the back of their car? That probably isn’t too legit.”
Any business in the state of Iowa can be researched for their licenses using the Secretary of State’s website. Messerich said that people should only purchase fireworks from licensed vendors.
Jacobson said that the lack of merchandise hasn’t affected their business. However, he would still like to see the culprit brought to justice.
“Everybody has those moments in life where, you know, he wanted what he couldn’t have obviously, I guess.