by: Carl Willis Updated:ATLANTA —
A local charity that helps thousands in metro Atlanta is being targeted repeatedly by burglars.
The cost of repairs is adding
up. The president of Caring for Others hopes surveillance video of the crime in progress will lead to arrests.
"These people need to be caught.
You cannot continue destroying charities and nonprofits," said Caring for Others President Eslene Richmond-Shockley. "We are here to help. You cannot continue to do this."
Richmond-Shockley walked Channel 2's Carl Willis through the charity's
building in southeast Atlanta, proudly pointing out the donations that go to help around 35,000 people a year.
She also showed the
lengths the burglars went to in order to break in for a second time. They cut the power supply and used a vehicle to get past security bars.
After all of that destruction, they ended up in the charity's
store, where they found racks of designer clothing.
"If you're in need, ask us," said Richmond-Shockley. "We will help you, Just don't tear us down."
Especially when the demands for utility assistance and food are so high, she said.
Richmond-Shockley said every dollar that goes to repair a door, or an electrical system, or to pay a security guard is a dollar that won't go to someone in need.
"It's a child you are taking some milk from," she said. "It's a grandmother you're taking a fan from,
it's a mother who doesn't have anything for their children -- you're taking clothes away from that child."
In all, thieves did about $5,000
worth of damage, which was far more costly than the items they stole.
If you have information on this crime call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.