The Busy Bee - Art, Yoga and Craft Studio was broken into earlier this week


FARMINGTON — Melissa Silversmith Firestone and Cody Firestone have been preparing to open an ice climbing guide service for the last couple of years.

They have been collecting equipment for the last decade and decided about two years ago to develop one of their favorite activities into a business.

But their dream hit a bump this week after the business she owns, the Busy Bee - Art, Yoga and Craft Studio, was broken into by thieves early Monday, and more than $10,000 worth of property was stolen, according to Melissa.

Melissa owns a company called Palletes and Paint that she runs out of the building that hosts painting parties.

Her business partner Kortney Vick operates a company called Krafty Kortney out of the building, as well. Vick sells bath and beauty products that are all natural and chemical free, along with rustic home décor.

Nearly $9,000 worth of ice climbing equipment was stolen from the basement of the business at 206 N. Allen Ave., which was a home renovated earlier this year to become an arts and craft studio.

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Melissa discovered the burglary Monday afternoon when she returned to the building after walking her dogs.

When asked if the break-in had put a damper on her plans to open her new business, she replied it hadn't.

"When adversity comes against you, you have to come back at it even harder," Melissa said.

Melissa believes the suspects broke in through the back door, possibly using a crowbar that was left at the scene. Several items, including a saw Cody owns, were found in the backyard near the back door.

Among the items stolen were three Native American rugs, several dresses, power tools, used makeup, multiple pieces of jewelry belonging to Melissa and Vick, and three pieces of handcrafted patio furniture.

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The Firestones are still working on identifying all the property that may have been stolen.

"It's like an invasion of privacy," Cody said about the burglary.

The suspects did not vandalize the property and didn't steal anything that would impact the business operations of Vick or Melissa. Paint and canvases were not touched, and rare pottery remained intact in the front of the business.

The burglary caused Melissa to cancel her yoga class on Monday evening, but the business has been open ever since.

"I'm not going to let this hold me down," she said.

A security system was installed on Tuesday, and the Firestones are planning for additional security upgrades in the future.

Melissa believes the suspects could have been watching the business, trying to find out when no one would be in the building.

"All I can do is focus on where to go from here and not be angry and upset," Melissa said. "That's part of being a yoga instructor. You have to breathe and forget and try to see the good."

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The Farmington Police Department is investigating the burglary, and anyone with information can contact the detective division tip line at 505-599-1068 or San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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