Woodland diner honoring vets burglarized


by Mike Benner


Posted on June 20, 2012 at 5:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 8:29 AM

WOODLAND, Wash ... Detectives in Woodland, Washington are looking for the suspect or suspects who broke inside and burglarized a small but well-loved local diner. 

America's Family Diner is known as a special place. To appreciate that all you have to do is glance at the menu.

"We have all the different names of the grandkids on the menu," said Kellie Stover, daughter of owner.

The walls are noteworthy, too. They are lined with framed photos of local men and women in uniform.  Each picture has its own story. Perhaps that is why the place is always packed during business hours. Some customers even go so far as to buy someone else's meal.

"We've been blessed," said owner Ray Chumley.

But Chumley is having a difficult time grasping what happened early Sunday morning. Sometime between 3:30am and 4:30am somebody broke inside the diner and stole about $400 in cash and a $450 cash register.

"I got a phone call at five am," explains Chumley. "My cook says, 'Ray we've been robbed - and I'm going, 'oh brother thank you and happy Father's Day."

According to Chumley, whoever is responsible drove a big truck that damaged the diner's exterior.  It's another reason why Stover thinks the bad guys are not Woodland folks.

"I know in my heart it wasn't anyone local cause everyone here is in shock," said Stover.

It is that loyal customer base that Chumley is leaning on to get through this inconvenient time.

"We have good customers and they've been supporting us," said Chumley. "They come in and say, 'wow guys, we're praying for you and hopefully they find out who did it."

Anyone with information about the case you are urged to call the Woodland Police Department at (360) 225-6965.