Roswell’s Boys & Girls Club was hit by burglars Tuesday night. The subjects got away with four Xbox 360s, three Playstation 3s, two Wii game consoles, two Connect game systems and 24 controllers. Unit director Jaynan McKelvey estimated the losses at $5,000 for the facility which provides services to at-risk children. “They’re not a big part of the program, but they are a fun pastime for the kids.
The computer games were used primarily during free time. “We have other programs like Power Hour. We also teach health and life skills.”
McKelvey told the [auth] Daily Record that the thieves pried open the door in the cafeteria kitchen. She said all the doors had been locked by employees except the outside door to the meeting room / cafeteria. “We had a parenting program here last night to help the community so people can get back their kids.”
Because of the number of items taken, she believes that more than one person participated in the crime. “They took what they could easily carry or fit in a back pack. None of the TVs were taken.”
She appealed to the public to assist in finding the thieves. “It’s sad because you’re running a summer program for children. People don‘t realize that they are not hurting anybody but the kids.”
The theft represents other losses beyond the game consoles. Money will have to be diverted from other projects. “Everything we have in here is donated. Now we have to take other money to replace something that was stolen,” McKelvey said.
She gave a tour of the two games rooms, with the shelves and table tops stripped of everything except the televisions. “This is something the kids are going to feel for a long time until they can be replaced. … We had other planned purchases to improve the facility that can no longer be made.”
McKelvey added that many of the children were participating in a basketball tournament on the games console. “Now it will never be completed.”
She urged people to contact Crime Stoppers 888-594-TIPS (8477) if they have any information about the burglary and contact the Boys & Girls Club at 575-623-3196 if they have games, games consoles and controllers to contribute.