Hospice thrift reopens after second break-in this year

astice@islandpacket.comDecember 29, 2011 

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Fern Moore, president of the board for Hospice Community Thrift is shown here Wednesday afternoon inside the Hilton Head Island store. The nonprofit shop was robbed for the second time this year on Christmas Day.

SARAH WELLIVER — Sarah Welliver

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Hospice Community Thrift on Hilton Head Island, scene of a break-in when the store was unattended over the Christmas holidays, reopened Thursday for the first time in more than a week.

Volunteers spent Wednesday cleaning up debris from the shop, which was ransacked during a burglary that claimed about $600 in cash and merchandise, said thrift founder Fern Moore.

It is the second time burglars have targeted the store this year. The first break-in occurred around Halloween, Moore said.

The first incident was "cleaner," Moore said, as the door was broken and about $900 in cash from that day's proceeds was stolen.

This time, the front window was smashed, costing $250 to repair, and drawers, offices and the jewelry counter were rifled through, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

The shop raises money for the nonprofit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.

"I think it's sad because we're going to have to put in a burglar alarm, which costs us money that could be helping people," Moore said.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday.

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