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Three Mount Vernon businesses burglarized, vandalized early Friday

City Cafe was burglarized early Friday morning when someone threw a brick through the Mount Vernon restaurant's window.
City Cafe was burglarized early Friday morning when someone threw a brick through the Mount Vernon restaurant's window. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

Friday morning marked the first time in 24 years anyone had thrown a brick through a window at City Cafe, co-owner Gino Cardinale said.

And all things considered, the damage could have been much worse.

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In business since 1994, City Cafe was among a string of shops and restaurants in Mount Vernon that have been burglarized since late May.

Spirits of Mt. Vernon at 900 N. Charles St. suffered destruction of property Friday morning, and Hip Hop Fish & Chicken at 848 N. Eutaw St. was also burglarized early Friday, according to police.

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Three female homicide victims were found in Baltimore between Monday night and Tuesday morning, an incredibly rare sequence of killings even for a city that has seen more than 300 homicides in each of the past three years.

Their break-ins followed the burglary of Michaelangelo’s Pizza at 235 W. Read St. on May 25 and a silent alarm that was triggered at the Potbelly Sandwich Shop at 1201 N. Charles St. on June 7, according to Baltimore police spokeswoman Det. Chakia Fennoy.

Cardinale said he awoke at about 4:30 a.m. Friday to calls from his restaurant’s alarm company and police alerting him to the City Cafe break-in. Someone threw a brick through the window of the cafe at 1001 Cathedral St., searched the empty cash drawers and left with two bottles of liquor, he said.

“It’s upsetting to get that call,” Cardinale said.

But he was glad there was no extensive damage to the restaurant’s interior.

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Anne Arundel police charged a 38-year-old man with carjacking Monday after he allegedly tried to ram a police car in Laurel while trying to flee.

The restaurant was open for business Friday morning, and Cardinale was aiming to have the broken window replaced by the end of the day.

“All of the neighbors have come by and checked on us this morning,” Cardinale said. “It’s a really solid community here.”

The owners of Spirits of Mount Vernon and Hip Hop Fish & Chicken could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

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