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SSCOPE reeling after back-to-back robberies

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Spare change or spare furniture, a North End non-profit group is looking for both after being ransacked and robbed twice last week ahead of a major upcoming fundraiser.

In a release, Self-Starting Creative Opportunities for People in Employment (SSCOPE) said thieves broke into its Arlington Street thrift store twice, destroying a cash register to steal cash and making off with merchandise.

"We hope the community can provide some additional support and donations to the organization at this time to alleviate the financial and morale impact of this abhorrent behaviour," SSCOPE executive director Bob Rempel said in a statement.

SSCOPE runs a handful of businesses, including lawn care and snow removal, to help those with mental health issues become part of the workforce in various casual and part-time positions.

The group is gearing up for its annual Rockin’ the Bridge festival on May 24 and 25, which includes performers Mercy Mercy, the Home Street Band and Split Crooked.

SSCOPE is looking for new and used items for door prizes and to include in its giant garage sale.

The festival runs Fri., May 24 from 6 to 9 p.m., and Sat., May 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. SSCOPE is located at 1466 Arlington St.

For more, call 204-987-6302 or visit www.sscope.org.

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