Capuchin Soup Kitchen robbed again this week

Holly Fournier, and James David Dickson
The Detroit News

An east side bakery run by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen was burglarized early Friday, less than a month after it was robbed in October and just days after the organization's other facility was hit, according to police.

The cafe is a program run by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Glass was smashed as thieves gained entry to On The Rise Bakery Cafe around 4:45 a.m. at 8900 Gratiot, Officer Jennifer Moreno said.

"Money was taken from the cash register and the unidentified suspects fled in a black Explorer," she added.

A witness saw the suspects flee, according to police. No further description was available.

The bakery also was burglarized around 4:45 a.m. Oct. 30, Moreno said.

"A laptop and cash were taken" in that incident. No suspects have been identified.

The cafe is a program run by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, according to its website. Employees have recently been released from prison and have completed substance abuse treatment programs.

Friday morning's incident came days after computers and computer equipment were stolen from The Capuchin Soup Kitchen's facility at Conner and Mack.

That break-in was discovered Tuesday morning when an employee showed up to work and found windows broken at the facility on the 4300 block of Conner, Officer Nicole Kirkwood said earlier this week.

Extensive damage was done to a door, windows and security system, according to Marilyn Reyes, an assistant manager at the kitchen who has been with the organization for 24 years.

“It’s a terrible feeling,” Reyes said on Tuesday. “We give people food and clothing and we don’t ask questions.”

No arrests have been made. Reyes said it was the fourth time the location, which opened in 1998, has been robbed.

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