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Thieves target non-profit that helps at-risk kids

Posted: 3:40 PM, Jun 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-08 16:40:39-04

Thieves struck a local non-profit group that helps at-risk kids.

Just before midnight, they broke into a storage shed at the Corpus Christi Police Athletic League building on South Brownlee Boulevard.

One man used bolt cutters to cut the lock while another served as a lookout.

Once the man broke the lock, he went into the shed and took several weed eaters, chainsaws, edgers, and a power washer.

The suspect along with his accomplice loaded the equipment into a wheelbarrow and left. Sgt. David Morris, with the Corpus Christi Police Department, says they not only stole from the non-profit, but the hundreds of kids they help each year.

Sgt. Morris says, "You know we strive pretty hard to be able to have the stuff that we do have. whatever lawn equipment, all the stuff that we have and then for somebody in a matter of minutes have a total disregard for what we’re trying to do for the kids and the community and end up taking this stuff.

"It’s going to have to be replaced and it’s a shame because now it’s taking away from what we could be doing and part of the programs for the kids," Sgt. Morris continued.

Police believe five people were involved in last night’s burglary. They say the group walked off with about two to three thousand dollars worth of equipment.

If you have any information on who was involved, you are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 361-888-TIPS.