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3 air conditioning units stolen from Boys & Girls Club

By BY GHENI PLATENBURG
July 20, 2010 at 2:20 a.m.


Three air-conditioning units were stolen from the Boys & Girls Club of Victoria on Monday night.

The theft occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m., when it closed on Monday, and 7 a.m. Tuesday, when the club reopened for the day.

The club is at 202 Hopkins St.

The thieves cut through a wire fence to get to the units, said Marc Vendl, executive director.

"I think this was selfish. We accommodate low-income kids, kids who are looking for something to do. It's real shameful that they would take from kids who are probably from their own neighborhood," said Vendl.

The estimated cost to replace the units is anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000, said Vendl.

At this time, no arrests have been made.

The theft has prompted the club to change its programs and schedule more field trips away from the hot building in order to accommodate the 60 to 70 kids who frequent the venue on a daily basis during the summer and the 125 children they will get every day when school starts.

The club is accepting donations to replace the stolen units.

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