Thieves broke into the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood three weeks ago during the snow storm and stole all of the club’s electronic toys, including an Xbox, Kinect, Wii, Play Station 2 and recording studio equipment. They also broke eight doors. The club estimates a loss of at least $15,000 in stolen items and damage.
“It’s just been frustrating,” Operations Director Joan Caldon said this afternoon. “Kind of shocking more than anything else.”
Caldon said the thieves appeared to be professionals, using a crowbar to pry out the steel-enforced windows from eight steel doors.
“The majority of the cost will be fixing and replacing the doors and door frames and the door jambs,” she said.
The thieves took about $5,000 worth of electronics, including a mixing board and keyboard for a recording studio that the club was in the process of setting up. They also took a lot of video games and accessories, including the microphone and guitar for “Guitar Hero,” and steering wheel for racing games, as well as power tools, DVD players, flat-screen TV, and a shop vacuum. They did not steal any computers.
The club isn’t sure exactly when it happened, because the club was closed for several days during the snow storm.
Parents of club members got together and decided to hold a fundraiser Friday night, providing a meal for $15 per person from 5-7 p.m. at the club at 8635 Fremont Ave. N.
“That’s really exciting to see the parents step up to the plate,” Caldon said.
If you can’t attend the fundraiser, you can donate online. Caldon said donations of electronics and video games are also welcome, but please call her first to make sure it’s something they can use. You can reach Caldon at 206-436-1850.