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Vandals target two Lexington coffee shops over the weekend

Posted at 5:45 PM, Apr 12, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Vandals targeted two Lexington coffee shops over the weekend.

On Saturday night, someone threw a rock through a window at A Cup of Common Wealth.

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It's the third of three windows that have been smashed in the past couple of weeks.

"There's about four of us now that have all had turns sweeping up glass," owner Salvador Sanchez joked.

Despite the destruction, Sanchez isn't letting this string of vandalism get to him.

"At some point, you just have to enjoy it and appreciate it for what it is," he said. "Can't do anything about it. There's no point in getting mad."

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The owner of Third Street Stuff & Coffee is also using positivity and humor to get through what happened at her shop the same night.

"It's just a thing," Pat Gerhard said. "A blip on the daily life of a coffee shop. Yeah."

In the 16 years she has owned the store, she said it has been vandalized three times. Saturday's vandalism makes it four.

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She and Sanchez already have plans to replace what was broken.

Kentucky for Kentucky is helping Third Street Stuff and Cup of Commonwealth raise money to fix the windows by making "Broken Glass Coffee Shop Tour" T-shirts. Once the cost is covered to make the shirts, all proceeds will go toward repairs for the coffee shops.

Lexington Police said the incidents from over the weekend are under investigation. Anyone who knows anything is asked to contact police. You can also leave an anonymous tip at 859-253- 2020.