UPDATED: Condesa Coffee Broken Into Again

Condesa Coffee was closed Friday morning for repairs.

OLD FOURTH WARD — Condesa Coffee is recovering today from yet another break-in. 

A hand-written note on the front door informed patrons that the business was "closed until further notice due to (another) break-in. Our Apologies." 

The message alluded to the break-in that occurred two weeks ago at the same location.  Matthew Davis, Condesa's general manager, recorded a video after the first break-in, in which he shared that a pickaxe was used by the intruder to come through one of their walls.

In today's incident, a large window was visibly broken on the side of the business.  The managers of the store were not immediately available to discuss the break-in.

According to Officer John Chafee, it was "around 6:00 a.m." when officers responded to a burglary call at 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave.  He said that, "upon arrival officers found that a rear window to the location was broken and the cash register was missing.  The business owner advised that approximately $450.00 had been inside the register." 

By coincidence, a jogger passed by the location while officers were on the scene and told them he "noticed a cash register on the ground near Sampson St and Highland Ave."  The business owner was able to identify the register as his, though the money had been removed. 

Zone 6 investigators are continuing to look through surveillance footage from nearby cameras that may have captured footage of the suspect.

FamilyOfFour February 01, 2013 at 05:55 PM
I am so saddened by this. I feel sorry for the owners and their strong customer base. I hope that something is being done to prevent this from happening a third time.
Todd Smith February 01, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Now that Mayor Reed has the police force up to 2000 officers he needs to have them outside the police cars and on foot walking the streets to be proactive instead of reactive. It would be good now that the city has a surplus money that the Mayor hire a special prosecutor to go after these smash and grab criminals, burglars and gangs to send those convicted to prison as long as possible instead of putting $300 million into a Dome that does nothing for the community. Hint, no company or family wants to visit a crime ridden city especially downtown and other areas of the city.
Chris H February 01, 2013 at 07:47 PM
They need to get that security film that goes on glass windows. It keeps the glass from shattering like your car windshield. I live in the O4W and am getting some for my house. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYdVK3BqPfk
JM Hurricane February 01, 2013 at 09:27 PM
As long as Special Blend Kona Roast Decaf is hot on the black market I don't see this kind of crime subsiding.
Dookie Doo February 02, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Why would mayor reed want to upset his black constituents by putting them in jail?
Dookie Doo February 02, 2013 at 12:34 PM
When you decide to set up shop in the ghetto, you have to account for incidents like this as the basic costs of doing business. Maybe the owner should have sought space in a better neighborhood.


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