Break-in attempt reported at former Harry O’s building
Someone earlier in May apparently tried to break into the building where Harry O’s operated until late in April, the Park City Police Department said, continuing the long-running intrigues enveloping what had been the largest nightclub space in Park City.
The Police Department said it received the report midmorning on May 12 from 427 Main St., the address of the building that once housed Harry O’s. The police said the lock on a door on the south side of the building had been damaged. It appeared that the damage was caused by a hacksaw, with marks being left on the lock that resemble those made by such a tool, the police said. A saw blade was recovered at the scene and kept by the police as evidence, the Police Department said.
Lynn Nagel, a police sergeant, said it was not clear when the lock was damaged. He said the police classified the case as criminal mischief, a category that covers a variety of offenses. It was not logged as a more serious category since no one entered the building during the incident.
Nagel said the police do not have a suspect. He said the Police Department placed a special watch on the property afterward, meaning that officers would regularly monitor the site.
The report was filed with the police two weeks after the owner of the building evicted Harry O’s in a dramatic move amid a legal dispute between the building owner, known as Memorial Building, LLC, and a firm known as Athanasios III, LLC which leased the Harry O’s space.
An attorney representing the building owner said at the time of the eviction the Athanasios III, LLC repeatedly failed to pay its rent on time, resulting in the move against the Athanasios III, LLC. Locksmiths changed the locks under police protection as a crowd of people watched the scene unfold.
The building owner’s attorney, Joe Wrona, said at the time of the eviction he had been told workers for Athanasios III, LLC had removed lighting and audio equipment from Harry O’s in the overnight hours prior to the eviction.
Wrona said on Monday the door where the lock was damaged in the apparent break-in attempt provides access to the former Harry O’s space. He said bar stools, glassware and liquor left by Harry O’s remains in the space. Business records were left as well, he said. There is also scaffolding inside the former Harry O’s space, Wrona said.
"We don’t know it was the former tenant," Wrona said about the apparent break-in attempt. "That’s irrelevant to us."
Wrona said all of the locks on the building were changed at the time of the eviction. He learned of the case last weekend from a representative of the building owner.
The building is situated on a well-traveled stretch of Main Street, but the location where the damaged lock was found is not visible unless someone is approaching the door.
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