An early morning brazen burglary has left the Greater Kansas City chapter of the Red Cross with what will undoubtedly be a hefty repair bill.
Early Friday morning Ken Cope, the director of disaster services for the Red Cross, discovered gas strewn across the parking lot where the organization parks their emergency response vehicles. The smell of gas was predominant.
Two vehicles were damaged. One was an older model motor home that the chapter uses as a first-aid station at sporting events across the metro and the other a diesel truck. With both vehicles, Cope said the crook damaged the gas tank in an attempt to siphon gas.
Friday the smell of diesel fuel filled the parking lot of the Kansas City chapter of the American Red Cross. Their office just off Armour Boulevard and Broadway in Kansas City was under the watch of cameras at the time. Cope hopes the cameras will help police in their investigation.
Just yesterday Cope tells KCTV5's Nima Shaffe he visited the chapter's storage unit in Clinton, MO. It's where they store cots and care kits they take to disaster areas. He says they discovered the lock was broken and it appeared a vandal broke in but didn't take much.
Then about three months ago the organization suffered another setback. This time it was their box truck. The catalytic converter had been stolen.
The Salvation Army suffered a similar problem last night. An employee caught someone vandalizing the vehicles, but the suspect escaped. A hole had been punctured in the gas tank of one of the vehicles.
If you have any information regarding this crime call the Crime Stoppers TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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