Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Wellington Police are working to solve a string of burglaries after five combined break-ins at the city's recreation center and a local church.
The recreation center has been broken into three times this month. Its director said theft is not a typical crime in Wellington, but it is one he is quickly growing tired of this summer.
"It's frustrating, but it's also something that makes you uneasy that there's people out there that are going to do that," Wellington Recreation Commission Superintendent Cody White said. "You feel violated when it happens."
White said the first break-in at the rec center happened Aug. 8.
"(They) got off with some video games and candy so we thought we were looking at kids that were messing around," he said.
However, someone tried to break in again Aug. 10 and, after a better lock was installed on the back door, thieves got in again on Aug. 17 and broke into an office in the building, where they found keys to a security cabinet containing more than $300.
"(They) made off with all of our money boxes," White said. "Those were actually found outside all smashed up. No money, of course."
Wellington Police say the recreation center break-ins are not the only burglaries they are investigating. Detectives believe two burglaries at the Assembly of God Church may have been pulled by the same criminal or criminals.
"Any time a church gets broken into, it sort of seems like a violation of the community so we certainly want to help them out any way we can," Wellington Police Detective Bobby Wilson said.
He said watchfulness by the community can help combat burglary and anything that seems out-of-place -- no matter how small -- should be reported to police.
"You wouldn't think if you see something small it would matter so big, but it could," Wilson said. "So any time someone sees something that's not normal, we ask them to call. We'd be glad to check it out."
Anybody with information about the burglaries should call Sumner County Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or 620-326-3135.