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Vandals Target North Omaha Youth Organization

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By:  Melina Matthes
MMatthes@kptm.com

OMAHA (kptm) - Omaha police are asking for your help identifying the two people who vandalized a local youth organization.

In this week's Caught On Camera, Fox 42 News and Crime Stoppers are working together to catch a pair of vandals. 

The vandals damaged a mini van that was parked outside Girls Inc. underneath three surveillance cameras, but it didn't stop the crooks.

Omaha police say the vandals were caught on camera smashing in windows of a minivan at Girls Inc. in north Omaha.  "Our vans are very important to us.  We pick girls up from school, we take girls to field trips, we take them to after school classes at the Rose Theater, at the Durham museum…all over town and without those wheels, without that transportation, their opportunities are limited," executive director, Roberta Wilhelm said.

The vandals came late at night after staff had already gone home.  When a car passed by they hid and then took off, but not for long.   In no time they were back and got on with their illegal business.  "It is concerning when you see kids like that, this was the middle of the night.  What are they doing out in our parking lot?  Why are they messing around?  Why are they not supervised?  Where are their parents?"

Wilhelm said about a month before the van was damaged, two kids broke through a gate on the south side of the building.  They damaged and stole crops from a garden; fruits and vegetables the girls grew themselves.  "Tore down plants and took our garden hose and whipped the plants into shreds and dumped some water barrels that we collect rain water in."

Fresh grown snacks the girls enjoy everyday.  Seeds they planted, weeded, and watered but never had the joy of harvesting.  "You get right to the point where you're ready to make some salsa or some salad or something fun and the crops are gone, it is disappointing."

Damage Wilhelm said Girls Inc. wasn't prepared for but is now absorbing in the budget.

They've already repaired the minivan, however they worry the vandals could come back again.  They encourage anyone with information to come forward. 

If you know either of the two vandals, contact Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP.  You will remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward. 

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