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Police Investigate Break-Ins At Clintonville’s Global Gallery

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UPDATED: Wednesday July 3, 2013 6:41 PM

Columbus police are investigating two recent break-ins at a local business.

Police say thieves hit up Global Gallery on North High Street in Clintonville two Thursday night's in a row.

Detectives were able to get crucial evidence the second time around by collecting fingerprints.

In both cases the thieves smashed a window to gain access and steal more than cash.

Employees say Global Gallery in the heart of Clintonville is more than a coffee shop; it's a community business promoting fair trade around the world.

It’s a non-profit organization that the Executive Director says uses its profits to makes lives better.

"It goes to helping families get stable diets, being able to send kids to school, being able to put shoes on their kids feet having a stable place to live being able to have access to healthcare really the basics,"  said Connie De Jong.

De Jong says she can't provide those basics now after thieves broke-in and got away with more than $1,000.

De Jong said the thieves vandalized her business by squeezing dish soap all over the floor by the entrance and by the cash register, but she says they left plenty of evidence behind.

"Luckily this time the police were able to get fingerprints so it could be that the justice system will be able to address it," said De Jong.

She says tighter security measures are now in place and hopes it's enough to keep criminals out, so they can continue their mission to help others.

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