“Vandals hit BAN, again”
For two consecutive days, Broken Arrow Neighbors’ property has been vandalized.
“When arriving to the agency on Wednesday, Sept. 3, we discovered that the side window of one of our vans had been broken out, and several bags of donations and their contents had been scattered about our yard,” said Executive Director Broken Arrow Neighbors Kim Goddard.
On Thursday, Goddard said when she arrived at work she found the front windshield of the same van had been shattered and two windows in the food storage warehouse had been broken.
“Donations were thrown all over the front porch with some items destroyed,” Goddard said. “It’s almost like someone’s being vindictive.”
Goddard filed a police report for both incidents.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a first break in for the agency which provides food and assistance to more than 4,000 of Broken Arrow’s most needy.
A shed was also broken into in March 2013 and November 2012, and food and a grocery cart were taken.
In March, Goddard said she feared the crimes may be escalating.
“First of all, if you are doing this, please stop,” Goddard said. “If you know who is doing this, please do the right thing and let BAPD know.”
She said it’s the goal of the non-profit agency to keep their overhead costs low to be able to assist those in need with all of their available resources.
“Acts of violence of this nature eventually force maintenance costs to increase along with added security measures,” Goddard said.
Goddard also asks donations not be left at the BAN facility after hours. Hours of operation for Broken Arrow Neighbors is Monday through Thursday,
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
“I am fearful that your good intentions will be swept away by vandals and the folks you want to help will not receive your goodness,” she said.
Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call the Broken Arrow Police Department at 918-259-8400.
Article written by Lesa Jones, staff writer