Mount Vernon Marketplace broken into early Wednesday

The Mount Vernon Marketplace, a foodie hub on Park Avenue, was broken into early Wednesday morning.

Update (April 14, 12:40 p.m.): This post has been updated to include details from a Baltimore police report.

The Mount Vernon Marketplace was robbed early Wednesday morning in a break-in that impacted several vendors within the foodie hub.

The marketplace, located on the first floor of 520 Park Ave., had reopened by the afternoon and customers were inside, although several shops remained closed.

According to a report from the Baltimore Police Department, nine of the 12 vendors at the marketplace were impacted. Property taken included a laptop, iPhone and cash from registers totaling $1,600. More than $4,300 in equipment was stolen and the market sustained at least $300 worth of property damage, the report said. Building keys were also stolen.

Dominic Wiker, development director for the Time Group, which owns the building, declined to comment on the specifics of the incident but noted that the perpetrator broke through a door to get inside. The break-in occurred at about 1 a.m.

"We're saddened by this, obviously," Wiker said. "We're recommitted to the neighborhood if anything else. When something like this happens we feel like, OK, what can we do better?"

Police are seeking an African-American male at least 20 years old, approximately 5 feet 8 inches and 140 pounds in connection with the incident. 

Wiker said the investigation is ongoing and police are reviewing security camera footage. 

The Time Group is constructing another apartment building next door at 500 Park Ave., which Wiker said he hopes adds more street life to the area and helps deter future break-ins.

"It's been such a positive experience that even an incident like this doesn't ... detract from what we feel like where we're headed with this project," Wiker said of the market.

Several vendors in the market declined comment. Others could not be reached for comment.

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