ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Thieves have been targeting a New Mexico charity for months and now it appears a crook has stolen the one thing that may actually help police catch them.
Roswell police say someone stole the Salvation Army’s surveillance cameras and they have the video to prove it.
“It’s very frustrating because we are trying to help people,” said Roswell Salvation Army Captain Mandy Perez.
Video shows a man walking back and forth behind the Roswell Salvation Army Thrift Store. Just as he exits the screen, the camera starts to shake and everything turns blue.
“There was a gentleman that appeared to be walking with a cane and perhaps a backpack approximately five minutes before and then the feeds cut,” said Perez.
According to police, someone climbed up to the thrift store’s roof Monday morning and stole two of their security cameras.
“Why are you taking the cameras? What’s the motivation? What are you going to sell them for and use that money for?” said Perez.
This isn’t new for the Salvation Army. Employees say the organization’s food bank has also become a target. In the last four months, they’ve noticed significant damage to the bank’s back door which is a major concern for workers because there’s thousands of dollars worth of food for the needy behind inside.
“We run a tight ship and we don’t need people trying to break in there and taking stuff that we would freely give them if they would come to the front desk and ask,” said Perez.
For now, Perez says all she can do is pray for the thieves.
“Pray for them because they are obviously in some type of need, some type of situation or dire circumstance that would drive to do something like that,” she said.
Police say each security camera costs about $350.
The Salvation Army is working on getting new ones as well as putting in additional locks on all their food bank doors.
This isn’t the first problem for the business. In 2010, someone set the place on fire.