Community steps up after Kansas City coffee shop vandalized

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City coffee shop is working to rebuild its storefront after it was vandalized.

The owner’s Ring doorbell camera caught the alleged criminal in the act in the Crossroads off Southwest Boulevard.

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Lesley Reyes, owner of Cafe Ollama, said a stranger threw a table at their front window. Since then, she said they’ve been surrounded by community support.

“When we came to check it out, yeah, it was pretty bad,” Reyes said.

Reyes and her husband own Cafe Ollama. She said it’s a Mexican coffee shop.

“We encourage the community to learn more about our culture and the Latino culture and kind of give everybody a safe space to be able to embrace that,” Reyes said.

Just after 5 a.m. Sunday, she said their worst nightmare happened.

Reyes’ Ring Doorbell caught a criminal on camera throwing a table at their front window – shattering it.

Reyes said it’ll cost about $2,000 to replace the custom-fit glass. It’s an expense they weren’t expecting.

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“We’re very grateful for our customers because with a broken window or not, they do always support us,” Reyes said.

Since Sunday, Reyes said they’ve seen an influx in people roll through the shop and pour out donations. Some even offered to auction off artwork and donate the money to the window fund.

“It just felt close to home,” customer Allie Haggy said.

Haggy lives nearby and heard about the vandalism.

“It’s just sad that people would do something stupid and senseless that like actually hurts other people,” Haggy said.

She bought two cups of coffee to support. Reyes is moved by her customers’ generosity.

“It just, it feels like family,” Reyes said.

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“It just makes me feel good to be a part of a community that cares about each other and wants to help each other out and wants to help hard working people.”

The Kansas City Police Department is investigating. If you have any information about what happened, call police. You can remain anonymous by calling the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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