Community, businesses offering assistance to Boys and Girls Club after break-in

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WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Boys and Girls Club of Pitt County re-opened Friday after police say people ransacked the property Wednesday night.

Winterville Police are still looking for suspects.

The building looks normal. Everything is clean and in its place. But what remains are 13 doors that need to be replaced, a number of missing laptops, and TVs.

Whoever broke into the Boys and Girls Club caused over $20,000 in damages and stolen items. And insurance will only cover a portion of the costs

Fortunately, members of the community have already offered their services in an effort to help the center replace things they lost.

A lot of things are still in limbo. Texas Roadhouse and Longhorn have both agreed to do a fundraiser for the organization.

If you dine at Texas Roadhouse on Sunday January, 31, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club. The same applies to Longhorn on January 28 from 4:00-10:00. Make sure to tell your server you want 10 percent to go towards the Boys and Girls Club.

Police say there are no updates in the investigation.

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An overnight break-in closed the Boys and Girls Club of Pitt County Thursday.

Police told WNCT the property was damaged, and several rooms inside the building were ransacked. They said a large glass window in the gymnasium was broken. It’s believed the break-in happened sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 7 a.m.

“It looks like a small storm or tornado just kind of went through the building,” Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plains CEO and President Jamie Cooper said.

A pickup truck that belongs to the facility was stolen, but recovered Thursday morning at Eastern Aluminum Supply in Winterville. Police think the thieves used the truck to steal a large smart TV.

Cooper said he doesn’t know how much technology was taken, but some things were obvious.

Cooper said, “There’s some staff computers that are missing, some of the kid’s Ipads, and notebooks that are missing, and just equipment, some smart TVs that sort of thing.” He said the facility was closed Thursday but hopes to reopen by Friday. The facility serves 250 daily.

Staff members said they’re worried about the physical damage, but are more concerned with the fact that their programs are on hold.

“The club members we serve, they need this facility, they need to be here where they have a safe positive environment to come to,” Cooper said. He said the facility was in the process of installing a new alarm system that was scheduled to be active in a few days.

Winterville Police, in conjunction with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, spent the day surveying the area in an effort to find clues. Because there’s no video surveillance, they’re relying on information they gain after processing the evidence.

Police told 9 On Your Side there are currently no suspects.

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