One of the Washington D.C. regions of the Salvation Army has released a statement saying that someone burglarized one of their many community centers in the Washington area and stole money donations that had been collected from the organization’s Red Kettle donation set-up.
Maj. Lewis Reckline, who is a commander of the Salvation Army Capital Area National Command, explained that the Solomon G. Brown Community Center at 2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Washington had been burglarized at around 5:25 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The major said that someone who knew exactly where the safe was located in the center, broke into the managerial office and took over numerous days’ worth of money proceeds from the donations received in the Red Kettles the Salvation Army puts out. He added that since it had been Thanksgiving weekend, which was a holiday time, that was why all the money was being temporarily stored at the community center instead of having been deposited at a bank.
A security guard challenged the suspect who turned a knife on the man, but there was no one injured. The thief got away with a substantial amount of money, the Salvation Army reported. However, it is unknown if the safe where the money was being kept was locked or not. If the burglar was able to open it himself then he was familiar with the center and might have even had a key.
The suspect sneaked into the building around 5:15 a.m. and was said to have caused major property damage to the center. The security guard was able to call 9-1-1 after the burglar had taken off at around 5:30 a.m.
All of the money that was taken had yet to be officially counted, but it was from a three day donation total amount that had been held on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the Red Kettle event, which was held in the southeastern Washington area.
Reckline stated that he sincerely hoped that all the donation money that was stolen would be returned. He explained that the funds were given in order to help local underprivileged families who are going through financial struggles in the southeast Washington D.C. area. In the past year, the five-year community centers has helped over 4,000 people who reside in both wards seven and also eight.
The Salvation Army stated it was extremely thankful that the security officer, which was on duty at the center, was not harmed in any way during the theft. They also stated they were praying for the thief or thieves which might be involved and hoped to have the money come back to the center. The Salvation Army also added that they were and would continue to fully cooperate with the Washington D.C. police during this crime investigation. They also wanted to ask for prayers from the general public during this difficult time.
Various Washington D.C. police investigators are looking into the crime, to see if they can find whoever is responsible for burglarizing the Salvation Army community center.
By Kimberly Ruble