MARIETTA, Ga. — Police in Marietta want to know who smashed their way through a VFW hall.
The theft happened sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.
VFW Targeted By Thieves
“I was stunned,” said bingo player Margaret Smith.
Post 2681 hosts bingo most days of the week. The criminals broke into the building from the outside by slicing a fence and then the rear wall of the facility.
Carl Ryan, junior vice commander of the post, told Channel 2, “They didn’t steal from us, they stole from community and the veterans.”
Ryan walked Channel 2’s Erica Byfield around the hall. Once inside, he said, the crooks went on a destructive crime spree, destroying the gaming machines, stealing copper from the kitchen and cutting all wires to the security system and phone lines.
They stole a total of $8,000 in cash, $150 dollars from one safe, $4,000 from another, $2,200 from the electric gaming machines and the rest from drawers in the main office.
Ryan said, “It hurts, but like I said we will go on, we’ll get through this.”
He went on to say, before they theft, the criminals also stole the entire security system. “We just had it put in three weeks ago,” he said.
Ryan and other bingo players believe whoever broke in had spent time at the hall before.
Smith said, “They knew where to go, they knew what to look for.”
“They are not going to hurt our spirit. We are ready to fight; we fought our wars; we’ll fight here too,” said Ryan.