Burglar of Sexual Assault Services Center Returns Items, Leaves Apology Note
Late in the evening of July 31, Candy Stallings got a call she never wanted to get.
“The officers here said they had never seen anything like that in 20 years of service,” Stallings said.
When Stallings arrived at the Sexual Assault Services Center of San Bernadino, which she runs, police were everywhere and helicopters were scanning the area. A burglar had made a crude break-in to the facility, shimming between floor boards and walls.
“Our office is really secure,” Stallings said. “We have the best locks. But they still managed to find a way in.”
The burglar clipped wires as they made their way to computer terminals, trying to deactivate the expensive alarm system and motion detectors in the building. While K9s and more police officers did a thorough sweep of the building, one officer on the street was discussing what happened with local area transients that were attracted by all the commotion.
“He was explaining what our facility does and the services we provide to the community. …I left around 1:30 a.m.,” Stallings said.
After managing to get back home and asleep after a terrible night, Stallings received another call from the police around 4:30 a.m. The burglar had returned.
Sprawled across the ground in front of the Sexual Assault Services Center of San Bernadino was every computer that had been ripped out of the building hours earlier, with a note.
The note read, “We had no idea what we were takeing (sic). Here your stuff back. We hope you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples lives. God Bless.”
Stallings suspected that the conversation between the transients and the police officer earlier had been the turning point. Transients keep a close knit community in the area around the center, Stallings said, and they must have spread the word on what the stolen items were being used for.
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