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Posted on Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

Cash stolen during break-in at nonprofit 'store'

By Lisa Carolin

House by the Side of the Road, the church-sponsored nonprofit, was broken into either yesterday after closing or early today.

The break-in was discovered this morning. Ann Arbor police investigated the scene but have no suspects at this time. The front window was broken and a small amount of petty cash was taken.

Cathy Freeman, treasurer for House by the Side of the Road, said the nonprofit doesn't keep much cash at the facility. She doesn't believe anything else was taken.

House by the Side of the Road is located on Phoenix Road, off Ellsworth Road in Ann Arbor.

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Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 5:01 p.m.

The placement of the word 'store' in quotes suggests some nefarious activity on their part . Maybe that should be removed.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 8:19 p.m.

Good point.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 2:02 p.m.

That's really sad. The House By The Side of The Road is one of the few places that will offer gently used clothing and household items at no cost to people in need. The people who staff the place are very kind and generous. Incidents like this just chip away at my faith in humanity.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 5:11 p.m.

@missmisery, please don't let a handful of you-know-what's mess w/your faith in humanity, if you do they've won. Hokey as it sounds, there are still good people in the world.


Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 2:01 p.m.

The absolute nadir of someone's human nature. This is a venerable charity staffed by friendly, kindly, mostly older lady volunteers who receive, sort and distribute donated clothing and other useful items to the community where needed. (They do NOT resell donations.) The amount of cash lost may be "petty" (if not so petty as the thief's motivation), but a window must be replaced. The full address is 824 Phoenix Drive, Ann Arbor 48108, for anyone who might like to help out. And for what it's worth, the "5% off" Hiller's teaser link is an unfortunate placement.