Thief steals about $6 from Roswell community center | KOB 4

Thief steals about $6 from Roswell community center

Casey Torres
July 17, 2018 07:28 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. – A thief has been caught on surveillance video stealing from a place that helps families and children.


Bobby Garcia, the manager of the Unity Center, said it happened Monday morning.

Garcia said he received a call from another worker after being notified by the security company around 3:30 a.m. Garcia went to check it out and first noticed the shattered door window.

He said he saw a police officer driving by and waved for help. He wasn’t sure if the thief ran off or was still inside the building.

He said the thief broke the window with a rock and headed straight to the fridge.

“We have a donation jar in here, and we keep petty cash. We just found it easier to keep the donation jar in there and whenever someone wants to buy a drink, they just throw money in the jar,” Garcia said.

In the surveillance video, that thief can be seen yanking on the refrigerator’s doors and finally breaking the lock. Garcia said the jar can sometimes have $50 to $100, but this time there was a lot less in there.

 “Usually we try to keep $20 max in there,” Garcia said. “We had a concert on Saturday, so we ended up emptying it out.”

Garcia said the thief made off with about $6 and a couple of drinks.

The center ended up footing a $200 bill to replace the window. Garcia said it was a costly repair for a crime that really wasn’t worth much.

“I just thought, ‘Man this kid just took a Gatorade and like $6,” Garcia said.

He thinks the thief has been at the center before since they went directly to the fridge.

Police are investigating the break-in, but do not have any leads. Anyone with information is asked to call the Roswell Police department.


Casey Torres

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