Stolen Boys and Girls Club vans recovered, but destroyed

Stolen Boys and Girls Club vans recovered, but destroyed

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Police have recovered the two stolen vans that belong to the Cleveland Boys and Girls Clubs.

Stolen Boys and Girls Club vans recovered, but destroyed

Sadly, CEO Ron Soeder says they’re unsalvageable.

“We found out Monday that one of them had turned up at the impound lot,” said Soeder.

“We got the police report that said they found it abandoned on Granger Rd.”

When someone from the club went to the impound lot, Soeder says the second van was also there.

“The steering columns had been trashed. They were run through the mud and there was damage there that wasn't there before” said Soeder.

Long time members like Frank Austin, who were initially upset, are now frustrated.

“I don't understand what the point was in taking it in the first place. I mean, if you're just gonna do that,” said Austin.

Soeder said that, despite being old, the vans are very valuable to the organization.

They're shared between all 14 clubs, serving 1,000 kids a day.

“It really is the life blood of giving these kids exposure beyond the neighborhoods they live in. We're taking kids to Cavs games, a show, on field trips for college visits.”

Eleven-year-old Madeline Deccola has a message for whoever is responsible.

“Why would you take from little kids who never did nothing to you. That was a very mean thing you have done,” said Deccola.

Fortunately, there is a silver lining.

The Senior Transportation Connection is loaning them two vehicles.

“t’s a very generous community and a group that cares,” said Soeder.

Soeder said they’re not actively seeking donations, but they’ve already received $1,500 dollars to replace both vans.

The club only had liability insurance, so they will need somewhere in the ballpark of $50,000 to replace what was lost.

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