In the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 3, Kathleen Cowley heard rustling sounds coming from inside her chocolate and jewelry shop.
Cowley, owner of New Moon Magick Enchanted Chocolates, lives in a house that is parallel to her chocolate and vintage jewelry shop, overlooking Washington Park in Oak Bluffs. She was up early, getting ready to bring her homemade chocolates to the West Tisbury Farmers Market, when through her kitchen window she saw a man walking through her store. Cowley immediately called the police, but the intruder left by the time Officer Robert Mansfield arrived. He gave Cowley some safety tips, and said he would keep an eye on the store.
A few moments later, Officer Mansfield returned to Cowley’s shop, this time with $72 cash and a check made out to Enchanted Chocolates — all of which he found outside on the road.
With her money back, Cowley went about her morning prepping for the farmers market. An hour later, Cowley saw a car parked and running across from her driveway, and a man walking into the shop wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
She took a photo of the car and called the police and told them, “He’s back.” The man quickly ran out of the shop and into the car before driving off.
Det. Jeffrey LaBell arrived at Cowley’s house to get the picture of the intruder’s getaway car. Oak Bluffs Police continued their investigation throughout the day by identifying the vehicle, having Cowley identify the intruder from a photo lineup, and determining the alleged intruder was Zac Dupon of Oak Bluffs.
Upon being questioned by police, Dupon “became remorseful” and told the officer he “wanted some of the chocolate that they sell in that store,” according to the police report. Dupon then handed over a large bag filled with chocolate, jewelry, and crystals — all merchandise from Cowley’s shop, the report states.
Dupon had helped Cowley sell chocolate at the farmer’s market a few years before. She said she intends to press charges. “I can’t have people invading my shop and my home,” Cowley told The Times.
Despite having her shop broken into twice in one morning, Cowley kept a positive attitude, and wanted people to know Enchanted Chocolates will continue to make chocolate — and if people want to try it, they should just ask.
“Just come in during business hours,” Cowley said, “We have people that like it so much they break in for it. They’ll do anything for our chocolate.”
Cowley praised the efforts of the Oak Bluffs Police Department for solving the case so quickly. “Many thanks to the OBPD for their dedication, spending the entire day solving the crime. We are grateful that they were also able to retrieve the stolen goods,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
“They did great work. My guys always do good work,” Lt. Williamson told The Times. “It was good police work.”
While happy the break-in was solved, Cowley said she felt her home and store were violated, and is installing cameras around the shop. “It was unsettling. We are making adjustments to prevent these things from happening,” Cowley said. “We’re working on our holiday treats. We’re getting ready for the holidays.”
Williamson said that Cowley was a huge help because she snapped a picture of the car. The photo didn’t have a picture of the license plate, but Lt. Williamson shared it with other Island police departments. West Tisbury Police Officer Nickolaj Wojtkielo identified the car as belonging to Dupon.
Dupont was not arrested because he was cooperative with police, admitted to breaking into the shop, and returned what he had taken, according to Lt. Williamson
Cowley has been cataloging the recovered merchandise, and said about $1,200 of jewelry and chocolate was allegedly stolen.
Dupon will be summoned to court on charges of for larceny from a building and larceny over $1,200, according to the police report.