Police: Thieves steal safe from Salvation Army

Police: Thieves steal safe from Salvation Army (Reporter: Amanda Brannon)

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Thieves broke into the non-profit organization and stole a safe filled with nearly $3,000.

The burglary happened at the Salvation Army Family Store on Dickinson Avenue Extension in Greenville.

Investigators said it all went down sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Captain John Sikes said the thieves came in through lifting door at the loading dock. The suspects then went through a window to get into the locked office.

Sikes said the safe, which had nearly $3,000 inside, was bolted to the ground.

He and his wife discovered the break-in Sunday afternoon.

"We do have motion detectors, and the alarm did not go off so somebody knew the layout of the building," Sikes said.

"We work hard to try to raise funds to help people …So, it was disheartening when you're trying so hard to raise the funds to do that. And when funds like this go missing, of course, someone, we won't be able to help someone," he said.

Customers we talked with had similar reactions.

"What it does is take away from, rob people from getting the help they so desperately need," Lisa Conway said.

"To think of someone breaking in to take from here is like taking from me because I need the Salvation Army. I can't buy at the regular store prices. I don't have the money to do that …The Salvation Army is here to help you, not to take from you. And if you need something, make a request and see if someone can help without actually stealing," Mary Moore said.

Police officers are following up on leads, Sikes said. However, no arrests have been made at last check.

The Salvation Army does have insurance to claim the lost funds.

If you have any information on this crime, you are asked to contact the Greenville Police Department or CrimeStoppers.

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