GRISWOLD, Conn. (WTNH)– Police in Griswold are looking for the thieves who broke into the Jewett City Business Plaza in the Slater Mill and stole from the Griswold Youth Center.
They made off with several electronics worth a lot of cash.
The director of the youth center says he doesn’t believe that kids broke in because they know the outside doors are always open. The thieves however they stole a ladder and broke into a back window of the building before going into another business, stealing two laptops and then coming in there.
The thieves then smashed the front of a TV at the Griswold Youth Center and a vending machine, stealing about fifty bags of chips but that was just the beginning.
“There’s a TV back there. They flipped it down. Stole five Xboxes, six video game controllers, a 32 inch TV that was over here at the supervisor’s desk, and twenty video games,” said Ryan Aubin, Director of Youth and Family Services.
$3,000 worth of equipment gone, including part of the surveillance system kept in Ryan Aubin’s office.
“There was a back up drive right here too. On my back up drive was actually for my computer but they probably thought it was the camera,” said Aubin.
Thieves also hit St. Mary’s Church in Jewett City stealing collection boxes. Money meant for the church and games meant for the kids.
“Everything they actually stole was donated from parents and kids that came here all fundraising,” said Aubin.
Setbacks but also reasons to rally again.
“Get the kids together, put their… a think tank together. Figure out how they can fund-raise for it. But that’s what we’re going to have to do,” said Aubin.
All of the larger electronics weren’t even touched. Aubin believes the items which were stolen were ones which could be easily turned around and sold.