Thieves rob the SGF adoption and childcare center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Staff at a Springfield foster and adoption center opened a store Tuesday to discover they had lost copper air conditioning components to thieves who left behind a Halloween mask.

“It looked like a Chuckie mask with yellow hair,” Brandi VanAntwerp told Ozarks First on Wednesday. VanAntwerp is the Executive Director of FosterAdopt Connect Springfield, an organization that provides adoption and foster services to area children and families.

Security footage showed the theft took place around 1.40am on Tuesday morning. The theft left FosterAdopt without an air conditioning unit. Temperatures were consistently above 90 degrees Fahrenheit the week before and are expected to stay that way next week.

According to a press release sent by FosterAdopt, the organization relies on funding from public contracts, grants and private donations. FosterAdopt Connect will need to find financing before it can cover the cost of the air conditioning unit.

Vandalized air conditioning unit at FosterCare

“The stolen air conditioner parts will cost us thousands of dollars to repair,” VanAntwerp wrote in the press release. “I understand the people who stole these coins are struggling, but I wish they would stop to realize the harm they are doing to our work to help the young people who need our programs.”

FosterAdopt sent a preliminary report to the police. The organization is asking anyone with information about the theft to contact the police.

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