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A broken window at the Clarksville Public Library / September 26, 2012
Someone broke into the Clarksville Library branch early Saturday morning, according Clarksville Police Chief Ricky Wilkinson. Despite a wailing alarm, the person or persons made off with a bottle filled with cash. Nothing else appeared to have been taken.

Branch Supervisor Eileen Barbieri estimated the donations inside the bottle in excess of $500.

Wilkinson reported receiving an “alarm call” around 4 a.m. Sept. 22. When the officer arrived at the building, he discovered a broken window at the rear of the building. No one was found inside when the library was searched.

The Clarksville Branch of the Southside Regional Library sits adjacent to the Clarksville Police station and behind the Fine Arts Building on Virginia Avenue.

The staff was using the large plastic water bottle to collect contributions for their building expansion and renovation. The bottle and its contents were usually left on the front desk for patrons to see as they checked out their books.

Cleaning shards of glass from the floor and shelves bear the broken window, Barbieri said “I feel violated, and sick. That money was from our patrons – those people who support us.”

Despite the robbery, Barbieri and the staff opened the library on time Saturday: “It’s important, we need to be here.”

Wilkinson said the incident is still under investigation. He encourages anyone with information on this or any other crimes to call Mecklenburg Crime Solvers at 1-877-676-8477.

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