In the Cooper Young area of Midtown, business owners are on high alert after a string of recent burglaries. The latest victim is An Ounce of Hope, with over $6,000 worth of merchandise stolen during the break-in. This is the third time in the past year that the store has been targeted, causing frustration among staff.

Assistant manager Charlotte Campbell expressed her disappointment at the situation. The store has faced challenges such as being dropped from an insurance company and price hikes as a result of these repeated break-ins. Despite these setbacks, the store does not pass these costs on to customers, further straining their financial situation.

According to the Memphis Data Hub, there have been 42 reports of break-ins and robberies of businesses within a half-mile radius of An Ounce of Hope in the past year. The most recent incident involved two men breaking into Aldo’s Pizza, stealing over $1,000 worth of food and alcohol. Surveillance cameras at An Ounce of Hope captured a clear photo of one of the thieves, though it’s unclear if they are connected to the Aldo’s Pizza break-in.

Campbell emphasized the impact of these crimes on the community, urging those responsible to consider the consequences of their actions. She emphasized the role of local businesses as essential components of the community, providing support and sustenance to residents. An Ounce of Hope is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification

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