Community steps up after Boys & Girls Club break-in

Sue Guinn Legg • Jul 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM

The Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City-Washington County was burglarized in a weekend break-in that left the club with damaged doors and locks throughout the building and without money that had been collected from parents and donated by club supporters for field trips for 140 children in the summer program.

Robin Crumley, the club’s executive director, said since the burglary was discovered early Sunday afternoon, club supporters and staff members have made donations that will cover all but $20 of the cost of 10 field trips scheduled for the children through the end of next week.

“It was a combination of staff and the community. We have a blessed community,” Crumley said of the rush of help the club has received.

In addition to the monetary donations that will ensure the club members’ weekly trips to the Legion Street Pool and Johnson City Public Library, along with special outings to the Gray Fossil Site and Hands On! Regional Museum, Crumley said the club has come upon a couple of other positives in its misfortune.

Installation of brick and mortar to fill the barred ventilation hole through which the building was entered has been donated at no cost to the club, as well as several months of free use of camera surveillance equipment that was installed in the building Monday.

What the club still lacks is money to repair the many doors and locks that were broken. “I’m raising money for that now. We aren’t doing any special solicitation, but we take donations 24/7,” Crumley said.

Crumley called police to the club on West Market Street on Sunday after she went in to drop off some paperwork and discovered things out of place.

According to police reports, stolen items included $372 in cash and coins, an X-Box 360 and Kinect game system valued at $350 and about $120 in candy taken from the club’s concession stand.

Entry was made through a bathroom ventilation hole at the back of the building. “It wasn’t an easy entry,” she said.

From there, police reported a lock in the bathroom was broken to gain access to the main building. Offices, filing cabinets and a key box were rifled through, pool cues were broken and numerous doors and some office equipment was damaged.

“We’re still finding bits and pieces of things that were broken and things that are missing,” Heather Logan, the club’s program director, said Wednesday.

For those who wish to help the club make repairs and replace its damaged equipment, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Johnson City-Washington County, P.O. Box 5219, Johnson City, TN 37602. For information, call Crumley at 461-4560.

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