Cleanup underway following break-in

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A community center is patching up the damage from a break-in over the weekend.

It happened at Laura Lee Fellowship House Saturday night. Leaders say this is the second time someone has stolen from them in the last six months.

Police are still looking for both suspects. Luckily, they were caught on camera.

“This is not like breaking into someone’s home. This is a community center,” said Board President Tricia Teague.

Teague says her frustration is growing after the second break-in in less than a year.

“Less than 6 months ago, very similar [person] came in through the board room, walked through the building, ransacked offices, took petty cash and candy,” said Teague.

This time damage costs are well over $1,000. Someone took a new TV, a laptop, $50 in cash, and food.

“We lost our United Way funding a few years ago, so we’re scraping by, making sure that we keep the building open, and making sure that we keep these kids served,” said Teague. “Financially, that little bit of money is still a hit. You know, we have very… this is a very large building. It costs a lot to heat this building. Insurance is very expensive on this building, so when you look at what we need to do to keep the building open, this is kindof major.”

Volunteers like Joe Butler are busy patching up broken windows for the second time. He shares Teague’s anger.

“I think whoever’s doing this — they need to be stopped, because what they’re doin’ — they’re taking away from the kids,” said Butler.

Butler says the responsibility lies in both the community’s hands, and in the home.

“If your kid come in the house and he’s got stuff that you know you didn’t buy. He shouldn’t have… ask him where he got that,” said Butler.

“To me and to many people in this community, when you come and you rob Laura Lee Fellowship House, it’s like breaking into grandma’s house, but it’s the grandma of everybody in this community. Multiple generations have been served here. So, it’s really near and dear to our hearts. It’s almost like sacred ground to people,” said Teague.

The fellowship house is always in need of donations. You can donate through their Paypal, through CashApp ($lauraleefellowship), or by mailing a check to:

212 E Williams St
Danville, IL 61832

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