Two donated vehicles stolen from local ministry

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Paul Dohm, His Helping Hands Executive Director, has been with the organization for 11 years now and in that time, he's never seen anything quite like this.

"We came in and discovered that we had two vehicles stolen that night,” Dohm said.

The group helps families in need by giving away items at no cost, like furniture or cars.

Just hours after giving away a car to a single mom, thieves broke into the organization early Saturday morning and stole two vehicles.

"We're suspecting that they came in through the West side here. There was a large chunk of concrete that they threw through the window,” Dohm said.

The gates have since been repaired but after the thieves broke in, they busted straight through them.

Security video shows the theft.

It’s believed at least three people were involved. One of them drives away in a 1997 blue F-150 with a white fender on the passenger's side. Seconds later, a 2006 black Dodge Durango goes out the same gate.

The vehicle across the street is also believed to be involved.

Dohm thinks the thieves have been here before, maybe even as volunteers.

"The way they broke into the warehouse. The way they knew what keys to get out of the keybox. So, we're a little bit suspicious of that." 23:12.26:09

Just last year, the organization gave away 52 vehicles to those in need, including single mothers and veterans.

"Well we just hope that we'll get more cars in from people in the community that might want to donate to this,” Dohm said.

If you have any information involving the thefts, call Wichita police.

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