Donations for Haiti stolen overnight from Lincoln business

A Lincoln business was burglarized overnight. Despite suffering a broken window and stolen antiques, they say the biggest loss was the thousands of dollars in donations set aside for families in Haiti.
Buethe

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A Lincoln business was burglarized overnight. Despite suffering a broken window and stolen antiques, they say the biggest loss was the thousands of dollars in donations set aside for families in Haiti.

“We had between 10 and 12 church checks that were made payable to the Haiti Missions Society for food,” said Dick Buethe, for Haiti Lutheran Mission Society USA and Buethe and Associates Insurance.

The theft happened between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The suspect broke a window at Buethe and Associates Insurance, 2337 S. 13th St., to gain entry and swipe the checks.

In addition to the donations, the thief grabbed a bank bag filled with various silver antique coins, a UNK safe, and a hundred dollars worth of stamps. Buethe estimates the loss to be about $5,000 in damages.

“We just received a letter from a pastor in Haiti and, he said, ‘More people in Haiti are dying from starvation than they are from the virus,'” says Buethe. “So we are trying to raise money to send to Haiti for food.”

Buethe adds if anyone would like to donate, it will be matched for the next 2 weeks. He says Lincoln Police have found fingerprints and are actively investigating.

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