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Rash of smash and grab break-ins near Central West End

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2Schae Cafe was hit twice in the last week by thieves. (Credit: Lisa Schaefer) 2Schae Cafe was hit twice in the last week by thieves. (Credit: Lisa Schaefer)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A rash of smash and grab break-ins near the Central West End have businesses on edge, and some locally owned spots are getting hit more than once.

The owners at 2Schae Café near Forest Park spent Tuesday programming a new cash register and sweeping up broken class after someone smashed the front glass window.

“Couldn’t even imagine that our little safe corner would be violated again,” said Lisa Schaefer who’s owned the café at the corner of Union and Pershing for nine years.

Just last week they were the victim of a break-in. Same situation, the thief or thieves shattered the glass window and stole money from the cash register. This time they stole the whole cash register.

“It’s a café, generally people don’t leave a ton of money in a café,” said Schaefer.

But police said they aren’t the only ones. A boarded up door at Insomnia Cookies on Euclid marks where someone broke in last week. Down the street, The Cup, was also targeted. The newly opened Hi-Pointe Drive-In has also been hit twice by thieves.

“I think the most heartbreaking is not what they take off with but the damage they do and the way they leave you feeling so violated,” said Schaefer.

Just the board up will cost the family-owned café $900. They’re still waiting on the estimate for the new windows. Plus they lost two days of work. But the community is showing up to support them, including St. Louis police officers who frequent the café.

“The community just came out in droves to support us [after the first break-in]” said Schaefer.  “Our police district, we are so close with the guys they frequent the cafe, we have a personal relationship with them, they’re outraged.”

Police are working to see if the same person is targeting the businesses. News4 has requested any surveillance images from police.

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