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MPD: No leads in burglary of Weidmann's

By By Penny Randall / staff writer
September 28, 2002
Meridian police said Friday they have no leads in the burglary this week of Weidmann's restaurant in which thousands of dollars in kitchen equipment, electronics, silver and crystal was taken.
The burglary occurred between 9 p.m. Monday and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, before workers could finish installing a security system part of a $20 million renovation of the historic downtown restaurant.
McGehee left the restaurant Monday at about 9 p.m. after meeting with several employees. Contractors working on the building called McGehee at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when they discovered the break-in.
After arriving, McGehee said he found the large glass window in his office destroyed. Missing from his office were components of a state-of-the-art sound system that was being installed in the building.
He reported the burglary to the Meridian Police Department. "We have no leads at this time," MPD Lt. Lee Currie said. "We are investigating and need a lot more information."
Weidmann's, a longtime downtown fixture, closed last year after a group of local investors bought the property. The investors plan to renovate the 22nd Avenue building and open a new restaurant.
Plans call for a formal dining room on the first floor and bar and banquet rooms on the second floor. The first-floor dining room is nearly finished, but no opening date has been set.