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Thieves Hit Salvation Army; 2nd Time This Year

It's hard to imagine stealing from a charity, but for the second time this year, that's exactly what's happened to the Salvation Army.

Two heat pump units were vandalized at the Salvation Army's Women's Auxilary building. The thieves broke into the locked fence, dismantled the units, cut out the copper piping and stole it. The salvation army lost their heat for a while, but has found a temporary fix so those inside won't be cold when the temperatures drop.

Salvation Army Captain John Falan says, "What happens is when a theft like that happens, and the dismantling of our heat pumps, what happens is our volunteers don't have heat and then they're in there repackaging the toys and putting them together. So, it really makes the community suffer," says Falan.

The Salvation Army estimates the theives did about 8 or 10 thousand dollars in damage.

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