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Rash of break-ins hits city health clinic

A city health clinic was broken into a third time in two weeks last night, leaving city officials frustrated and employees of the facility unnerved.

No patient files or drugs were stolen during the incidents at Eastern Health Clinic, where foot patrols by private security and Baltimore police officers have been increased, said Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.

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The perpetrator rifled through employees' desks and stole random items in the latest incident, such as coloring books and dolls given to moms and kids. Laptops, televisions and bus tokens given to poor families were stolen in the past.

Citing the ongoing police investigation, Wen would not say how entrance to the facility was gained and whether or not there is an alarm system.

"This is unprecedented," Wen said. "We have had break-ins before in our buildings, but not three in a row in this proximity.  I don't really have words to describe it. It's disappointing to say the least."

The clinic provides a wide range of services including, HIV/AIDS care, dental care, family planning and childhood immunizations.

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