SAN ANTONIO -- A crook broke into Soldiers' Angels last Sunday, stealing half a dozen flat screen tvs and laptops carrying valuable memorabilia.To break into a charities office and not only steal stuff but then to vandalize what you don't take?
"Certificates, awards, letters, inspirational letters," says the group's co-founder, Jeff Bader. "All of these were in the display modules and it feels like the loss of a loved one. Feels like we were violated."
The thief also vandalized the charity's exhibit room with flame retardant foam, right by the Fallen Heroes memorial.
"It was totally disrespectful," adds Bader. "It's unimaginable that someone would come into a place, a non-profit, and steal from a non-profit trying to help American soldiers."
Surveillance video from businesses next door led police to the arrest of 42 year old Charles Edward White. White is now charged with burglary of a building, but News 4 WOAI found this isn't his first time behind bars.
White has been in and out of jail since the late eighties for assault, kidnapping, drugs, and burglary.
Police haven't been able to recover the stolen items. Replacing the goods could cost Soldiers' Angels thousands of dollars... money that may have to come out of what they give to soldiers.
"This is going to cost money that could have gone to help wounded soldiers, deployed soldiers," says Bader. "It could have been used for better purposes than that, so we're going to need help replacing some of these items."
To help, you can call Soldiers' Angels at (210) 629-0020.
So, go NOW to Soldiers Angels and donate. Doesn't matter how much but at least give something to help them get their facilities back together. They do an important job that needs to be done and this is the treatment they get. Make sure they know that there are more good people in the world behind them then there are bad people in the world stealing from them.
H/T From my position, on the way
UPDATE: Turns out this actually happened a couple weeks ago. Why the HELL hasn't this gotten more coverage in the press? (OK that's rhetorical) But why hasn't this been spread far and wide by now? If a Red Cross or Salvation Army office was broken into and vandalized you bet the word would be spread about how despicable of an act it was and calls for donations so why not now for SA's?