DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – Eight minors broke into the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center on Mother’s Day and the day after after cutting the locks on the doors.
According to Dothan Police, they smashed windows, ransacked rooms, stole laptops, cut computer lab cables and caused thousands of dollars in damage.
The center auditorium is one of the hardest hit areas. Police allege minors broke in, pulled some of the curtains from the walls and sprayed fire extinguishers throughout the room.
And the chemical cleaning of fire extinguishers is the most expensive part of cleaning.
“We had an estimate as high as $24,000 to clean up this area. Now we’ve reduced it to $10,000,” said Alfred Saliba Family Services Center Executive Director Belinda Mitchell.
Now they’re asking the community for help again by posting a GoFundMe goal.
“We’re asking the community to help us reach our goal of $20,000 because our greatest need is our building and our property,” Mitchell said.
One of the main problems that have been noticed in the center is a low fence that can be climbed over or even dug.
They hope to make these fences taller and eventually install barbed wire to keep this building safe.
The funds will also help to install new doors with deadbolts around the property to ensure that the locks can no longer be cut.
The Alfred Saliba Family Services Center is seeing over 200 people pass through in just one week, and luckily for them the center was able to get people back into the center’s classrooms last Monday.