The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 12, 2014

Burglars target nonprofit that helps crime victims

Associated Press

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama nonprofit devoted to helping crime victims has found itself the victim of a burglary.

Montgomery-based Neighbors in Christ replaces locks and windows at the homes of burglary victims and has a ministry of helping crime victims and their families.

WAKA-TV reports that someone burglarized the group's warehouse, stealing copper and leaving thousands of dollars in damage.

The suspects ruptured a water line and stole copper from the attic and outside air conditioning units. Water from the busted line soaked boxes on the floor that held donated toys, caused damage to walls and ruined carpeted floors.

About a quarter of the items that were stored in the warehouse were damaged and must be thrown away, said Tim Tadlock, a victim service coordinator with Neighbors in Christ.

"The books and all of the curtains and pictures, any kind of paintings or whatever that's been donated, even big ones... they're ruined," Tadlock said.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Neighbors in Christ primarily serves Montgomery