Keillor's bookstore burgled, owners on the lookout for "goateed loser"


Garrison Keillor's St. Paul bookstore, "Common Good Books" was hit by burglars early Thursday morning. Two bad stories related to our Prairie Home Companion in one week? What's happening to idyllic Lake Wobegon?

A man and woman were caught on surveillance video entering the store around 1:17 a.m. They broke into Nina's, a coffee shop in the same building and then came downstairs to the bookstore. They got in by smashing a front door window and escaped with $3,000.

The damage to the building adds another $700-800 in loss for the store.

We've got the details below.

The bookstore posted some information on their blog:

On July 30th at 1:17 am, two thieves--one male, one female--broke into Common Good Books through Nina's Coffee Cafe. They stole our safe and damaged our cash registers. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

If anyone saw anything or knows these individuals, we ask you to please contact the Saint Paul Police Department at (651) 291-1111. If any neighborhood resident wants to see the surveillance video in full, please contact the store.


Check out the other surveillance video photo here.

Employees have also been tweeting about the burglary:

More from the Pioneer Press:

Keillor came into the shop Thursday night to watch the video, but didn't say much, Schmutterer said.

"He's very calm about it, but I wouldn't want to put words in his mouth," he said.

The store has played host to shoplifters and "other sorts of minor grifts here and there," Schmutterer said, but this is Common Good's first burglary.