Paper Cup Coffee in Liverpool city centre was targeted on March 21 and April 2 with intruders smashing the glass in the front door window and taking staff tips and petty cash from the till.
Merseyside Police have launched an appeal for information following a further break-in during the early hours of the morning on April 6.
“To break into a local café is completely reprehensible, particularly one that helps to support the homeless and rough sleepers,” inspector of community policing Jack Woodward.
“We’re determined to find the person or persons responsible and bring them to justice.
“Burglaries from cafes, or any type of business for that matter, are not victimless crimes as they have a huge impact on the community in many ways. If you have any information to help find those responsible, please get in touch.”
The cafe was closed on Thursday for repairs to the window and damage done to the inside of the premises.
Michelle Langan, the owner of Paper Cup Coffee, previously told The Big Issue that they may be forced to close down for good following the break-ins.
“At first I was upset but now it makes me feel angry because the whole purpose of our shop is for all profits to go back to supporting people who are homeless,” said Langan.
“So inevitably the results of these actions are the people that lose out are the people who are homeless. That’s what makes me angry about it.”
She added: “It’s not even just the cash, it’s the emotional toll it takes on us. We had one of the homeless ladies who comes in every day crying her eyes out on Monday because she was so upset that someone would target a place where she feels safe and she enjoys coming to.”
Paper Cup Coffee opened its doors in Liverpool last year to offer a safe space for people who are homeless to seek shelter and get free food and drink. Less-fortunate customers are invited to pay it forward to cover the costs.
The café also aims to provide hospitality training and work experience for people who are experiencing homelessness or are unemployed.
The idea has even caught the attention of Charlatans star Tim Burgess, who visited the cafe last December to work a shift after it “struck a chord” with him when he spotted it on Twitter.
The charity that runs the shop, the Paper Cup Project, is now fundraising to raise money to beef up security with shutters and CCTV. Donations can be made here.
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