LOWELL -- The landmark Owl Diner was broken into late Tuesday night, but thanks to a quick response, it was able to open for business Wednesday, according to owner Tom Shanahan.

Shanahan said someone smashed a window at the diner between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Tuesday night, then entered and stole the cash register. Nobody was in the diner at the time. Shanahan said only about $50 was in the register.

Police responded and took fingerprints, according to Shanahan, although they did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.

"There hasn't been a break-in in the diner in about 10 years, so I consider myself pretty lucky," Shanahan said. "Nobody was hurt, there was nobody in there. We'll just have to take a loss."

Shanahan went to the diner Tuesday night and cleaned up the broken glass and marble tiles that were damaged as well.

Workers from Riverside Glass installed a new window, and Shanahan purchased a new cash register Wednesday morning. Altogether, the damages and replacements cost about $3,000, Shanahan said, but business continued onward, with the diner open as usual.

"We didn't lose a step," he said.

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