Jeffersonville restaurant victim of smash and grab


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

 JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – A bold thief smashed a window and dodged a security system to rob a popular Jeffersonville restaurant.

The owner talked to WHAS11 about the damage. She said it goes way beyond shattered glass and stolen money.

Orange Clover Kitchen is tucked right off the Indiana side of the 2nd Street Bridge. It’s an area mired in construction, which can be a huge obstacle for a growing small business. Thursday morning, they had a whole different headache to deal with.

Somehow, a thief made it past their security system, motion detectors and all, and made off with all the cash in the register.

Rachel Smallwood, the owner and mother of four runs the Orange Clover.

“This is just like my home,” she said, “I spend more time here than at home with my kids so I can make a life for them.”

Anyone looking for a helping of her famous grits Thursday morning was met with yellow police tape surrounding the business and a sign taped to the door. It explained the restaurant would be closed because of the break-in.

“It made me sick to my stomach,” Smallwood said, “I was in and out of tears all morning, anger, upset.”

A side door was smashed with a rock. The thief stole everything from the cash register, leaving the machine scattered across the floor. It wasn’t much money, but the damaged forced Smallwood to close and lose precious business.

“It’s a lot of money out of pocket and for a small business owner, it’s hard,” she explained, “We live day to day and we work as hard as we can to do the best that we can.”

Smallwood admitted there is never a good time for something like this to happen. But, they’d already been struggling to overcome the closure of the 2nd Street Bridge and the mess of construction right outside their front door.

“It’s very hard. A lot of people make the trek over to see us and it’s a 10 minute drive when it used to be 30 seconds, 45 seconds,” Smallwood said.

The broken glass is patched up, the security system is stronger than ever, and Smallwood and her team refuse to let the construction woes and thieves keep them down.

The Orange Clover will open again Friday morning at 7 a.m. Police are looking through eight hours worth of security footage from 18 different cameras on the Water Tower Business Park property to find any clues.