BRATTLEBORO - We've just received this statement from Richard French, president of the Works Bakery Cafe.

"The Works Cafe, with locations in Manchester and Brattleboro, Vermont; Keene, Durham, Portsmouth and Concord, New Hampshire; and Portland, Maine, is investigating third-party allegations concerning theft of customer credit card and debit card account information.

"Federal and state law enforcement agencies were promptly notified by the Works Cafe and are conducting an investigation into the allegations. The nature of the on-going investigation limits what can be disclosed about it at this time.

"I cannot overstate the importance which I place on the relationships I have built with our customers over the more-than 20 years I have run this business. I want to assure everyone that I take these allegations very seriously and I promise that as soon as I am able I will share what information I can that doesn't compromise the investigation.

"Customers who fear their cards might have been compromised should contact their financial institutions as soon as possible and take corrective action."

The Reformer will be sitting down with French in the next few days with the expectation that we will soon be able to release more information.