Thieves steal $15,000 in school supplies from nonprofit

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A nonprofit organization is out more than $15,000 after thieves broke in and stole boxes of back-to-school supplies.

Police said the thieves bypassed security and broke through a brick wall.

“They came through this hole here and took all of the products we had in the aisle and (emptied) all of the shelves,” Eslene Richmond-Shockley said.

Shockley showed Channel 2’s Erin Coleman the damage and said see feels sick after the crime.

Shockley said more than 100 boxes were stolen from her charity Caring for Others and they were full of children’s clothing and supplies for back to school.

“What they have done is just robbed children from getting something that they should have had and that’s so unfair,” Shockley said.

Employees believe the thieves parked at a business next door, walked up the hill to the side of the building, and used a sledgehammer to break through the brick wall.

The organization has security cameras with motion detectors, but thieves never came out past that point which leads many here to believe they knew exactly what they were doing.

“I think somebody who knew the warehouse knew what was going on in this area and figured it out,” Shockley said.

The boxes were going to be picked up just hours later for the Boulevard Back to School event this Saturday.

The organization is also trying to figure out how to get more supplies in time for the weekend.

“I don’t understand. I have no words to explain this. I have no words,” Shockley said.