Boys and Girls Club heartbroken, angry at string of electronic burglaries
For the second time this week, the Boys and Girls Club at Park Middle school was broken into - with thousands of dollars in electronics stolen.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – For the second time this week, the Boys and Girls Club at Park Middle school was broken into – with thousands of dollars in electronics stolen.
“We’ve already assessed a little over 10 grand in damages,” BGC executive director Kim Goins said.
According to LPD, the first burglary took place on Monday at 6:30 am. The second burglary happened between 10:30 pm on Wednesday and 1:55 a.m. on Thursday.
“On Monday, I was really disappointed, I was so sad, my heart was broken for our kids,” Goins said. [Thursday], when we received the phone call, to be quite frank with you, I was a little mad.”
Items stolen include game consoles, game controllers, video games, and several iPhones.
In addition to the thefts, a window was broken and derogatory words were spray painted on the side of the building.
Goins says that the items stolen were a part of a STEM education program.
“68% of our students play video games, only 2% traditionally, would work in those fields,” Goins said. “So we created a technology space to be able to teach those skill sets to our young people.”
The $10,000 loss is a devastating hit to the 190 students who are enrolled in the Boys and Girls Club programs. The items will not be easy to replace.
“We’re a small organization, we don’t even have a million dollar budget yet and so anytime we have to try to assess cost that we haven’t budgeted in really becomes a very huge burden for us,” Goins said.
Goins says she hopes the perpetrator is held accountable.
“There are young people who are depending on these technologies that were stolen from us to be able to grow and have future careers and you took that away from them,” Goins said.
LPD is still investigating the two burglaries and whether the two incidents are related.
You can help the Boys and Girls Club replace the stolen equipment here.