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2 juveniles charged with burglarizing Habitat for Humanity
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Two juveniles were arrested in connection with two burglaries at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore last week, Gainesville Police said.

Change jars used to collect money for a family that lost its mobile home in a fire were among the items reported stolen, the incident report said.

The two suspects, who are not identified because of their age, were charged with criminal trespass, burglary and criminal damage to property, police said.

Officers responded to the burglary call at 8 a.m. March 19 at the 1612 Skelton Road store. Supervisor Margaret Hart explained to police how the facility was broken into and detailed the items damaged or missing.

She listed a cash register drawer containing $100, another $230 in cash and $20 in loose change as missing. The $20 was in four plastic jars picturing portraits of the Walkers, a military family.

Habitat pledged to support the Walkers through a new
home project after they lost their residence in a fire.

Additionally, a Habitat truck was damaged, with the passenger side window of the truck broken out with a rock, officers reported.

Police returned to the store at 10 p.m. on Saturday and discovered the front window had been broken.

No additional details were released about the second burglary.

"Through the actions of thorough investigation by patrol officers, they were able to identify the suspects," said Master Police Officer Kevin Holbrook. "This led to a follow up investigation and charges being brought against the suspects for both cases."

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