Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center and Thrift Store vandalized

(WISH Photo/Rob Ressler)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)- Outside the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center on East Washington Street, it’s not hard to miss the Ford Bronco leaning to the side.

Officials said they’re looking for the person responsible for slashing the trucks tires as well as those on four other vehicles. They said someone also vandalized part of the facility’s thrift store.

Many of the tires slashed on the vehicles have been replaced with new ones that were donated. As for the thrift store, the glass is being held up with duct tape. Workers said they can’t understand why someone would do this when their sole mission is to help.

“Last night, sometime in the middle of the night somebody came up here and vandalized five of our vehicles; one of those being mine,” said Brian Raftery.

Raftery works at the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center. He said three tires on his car were slashed.

“I was a little upset at first, but one of my friends was generous enough. He runs a body shop and he had four tires that just so happen to be the size that I needed,” Raftery said.

While 24-Hour News 8 was visiting the center, a maintenance worker was replacing two tires on a van. But that was just part of the damage. The glass on the center’s Family Store and Donation Center was shattered too.

“We don’t know who did it, why they did it,” said Danny Willis.

Willis is the Director of Operations for the Rehabilitation Center. He said the crime hit them at a time when the organization is in need of financial support.

“It’s hard to keep these doors open right now so added expenses like this, they really hurt us,” Willis said.

Willis said the organization goes out of it’s way to help the community. Just this weekend that’s what they did. They teamed up with several organizations to help kids in Fountain Square go back to school. At the Saturday event, the Salvation Army gave away 500 backpacks filled with school supplies.

“All we do is help the community, we have no reason to harm anyone,” said Willis.

Raftery said the crime is not going to stop them from helping.

“It’s unfortunate, but God’s with us. He shows his favor and really I feel sorry for the individual that did it,” he said.

The center was able to replace the tires slashed with donated tires, but they are not sure how they are going to pay for the glass.

Officials did file a police report with IMPD. If you have any information, you asked to call crime stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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