Citizens aid Muddy Paws Cheesecake Co. after shop is ransacked by burglars

The owner was delivering desserts to a wedding at the time.
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The damage you see above was caused by burglars who ransacked the Muddy Paws Cheesecake Company.

The thieves took advantage of the weekend snow to break in to the St. Louis Park favorite owned by Tami Cabrera, who at the time was enduring a hellish trip to Stillwater as she tried to deliver desserts to a wedding.

This was no typical break-in though. The thieves cut a hole into the West 27th Street store's metal roof to get into the premises, ripping out lighting, wiring and frames in the process, according to a GoFundMe page created on behalf of Cabrera.

Once inside, they went on a spree of wanton damage, smashing wedding plates and stands, cutting two "body-sized holes" in two of the bakery's walls, and then, upon locking themselves into the building, smashed through the glass front door to escape.

They stole cash and checks for good measure.

Awful day for the owner

For Cabrera, the burglary was a terrible end to an awful day, as she endured a nightmare trip to Stillwater to honor a wedding commitment.

"I've never missed a wedding in 25 years of business," she told KSTP, but her journey and the blizzard conditions in the Twin Cities on Saturday saw the opportunistic thieves strike.

On her Facebook page, Cabrera reveals she drove through a "complete whiteout" that made driving impossible. When she tried to pull off the road however, she went into a ditch.

As a result she was forced to miss her first wedding in her career, but was able to get the restaurant next door to the venue to bring in the desserts so her customer wasn't let down.

When she got back, she told KSTP the scene at her bakery was like "Stranger Things," with wires exposed and a hole in the roof.

"The damage they left in their wake is beyond what can be imagined," it says on the GoFundMe page, which has been created to help Cabrera get back on her feet at what is a crucial time of business.

"The timing couldn't be worse...wedding season is nigh when [Cabrera] makes the income to sustain operations over the (way too) long winter months."

"For someone who gives boundlessly to others and charitable organizations, let's rally and get Tami and her small and mighty business back up and running. Insurance will assuredly not cover the damage, and Tami deserves a never-ending supply of love to recuperate her heart, soul, and delicious baked goods from this devastating assault on her livelihood and passion."

The GoFundMe page has so far raised more than $11,000 since it was created on Saturday.

Police are investigating the break-in.

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