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Columbia pregnancy center burglarized on Christmas

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Columbia police are on the hunt for some crooks who burglarized the Pregnancy Centers of Middle Tennessee on Christmas Day.

What struck employees as odd is that the thieves took more than just laptops and furniture. They also made off with a significant supply of baby clothes, strollers and diapers.

"That's the window they knocked out," said nurse manager Joanne Coogan, pointing to a basement window. "They knocked that out and the basement door was wide open there."

For 17 years, the building has been a nonprofit crisis pregnancy center.

"It's a place where women who are thinking about abortion can come, and we'll do a free ultrasound for them," said Coogan. "It'll show them where they are in their pregnancy."

Friday, mantles where vases stood are now bare, paintings have been lifted off of nails and a laptop's missing. Much stranger to the staff are the clothes missing from racks, cubbies cleaned out, and more new mom supplies stolen than they've been able to count.

"They took all our 18-month to preteen little girls' clothes and size 2 baby diapers," said Coogan. "They took bottles. They took some baby carriers."

Touring around the center, still trying to assess what's missing, Coogan said the burglary won't slow them down.

"We're just frustrated since Christmas time is a time for giving," said Coogan. "They're just taking things that, if they'd just come to our front door, we'd have just given it to them."

Officials with the center say despite a laptop being stolen, records of patients are still safe and confidential. Police are still searching for leads in the burglary after a check for fingerprints turned up no results.  

If you'd like to donate to the Pregnancy Centers of Middle Tennessee, you can find them at 704 Dunnington St. in Columbia or reach them at 1-931-381-4024.

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