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Following Federal Hill burglary, customers help raise money for security cameras

Posted at 5:17 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 18:14:53-05

BALTIMORE — Following a burglary at Pandora's Box on October 30, customers and residents took action to help support the shopkeeper.

Through a GoFundMe, people have helped raise more than $1,800 which have gone to secure security cameras for the business on Cross Street.

"I am so thankful to the community," said owner Monesha Phillips. "I wouldn’t be here without them. It’s so important about relationships, relationships are so important in this business."

As Baltimore City Police continue to investigate the smash and grab, area businesses are reviewing their surveillance video to see if they captured anything.

"We're a network of community businesses," said Cathy Rosenbaum, executive director of Federal Hill Main Street.

"Reviewing a business's surveillance footage can help everyone out. If you have them, we encourage you to look out for your neighbor."

Kelly Rudis, an area nurse, started the online fundraiser for Pandora's Box.

"I think we have to remember it’s not just the technology," said Rudis. "It’s having the neighborhood and leader ship, the resources all work together to actually protect the residence, the businesses to get very rapid and accurate cooperation with police so we can actually respond to the crime."

The installation of the surveillance cameras comes as Phillips gets ready to celebrate her 20th year in business Saturday.

While she's hoping the person responsible is caught, she's encouraging customers to come out and shop small businesses, including hers.

If you have information about the initial burglary, call Baltimore City Police or Metro Crime-stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.