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[December 02, 2013]

Electronics, other items stolen after break-in at Salvation Army in Bremerton [Kitsap Sun, Bremerton, Wash.]

(Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, WA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dec. 02--BREMERTON -- It's the season of giving, but last week someone helped themselves to electronics at the Bremerton Salvation Army.

Salvation Army staff arrived at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and discovered two office computers, a server, stereo equipment and a guitar missing from inside the building, according to a Bremerton police report. The apparent burglary occurred sometime after 10:30 p.m. Friday, when the Sixth Street building was closed following a dinner.


It appeared someone had gained entry by breaking a window in the chapel. A chunk of concrete was found on the floor inside. Wires that were connected to the sound system had been neatly clipped.

The police report listed the value of the stolen goods and damage at about $850. Insurance should cover replacement and repairs.

Maj. Jim Baker, of the Salvation Army, said the theft was more frustrating than costly. The charity is in the midst of its busiest season.

"It just adds one more thing to the load," he said Monday.

The loss of the computers and server are especially irksome, Maj. Marcia Baker said. The computers are used for nearly every aspect of day-to-day operations, from recording Red Kettle information to setting appointments for clients. That work has to be done manually until the machines can be replaced, Marcia Baker said. She said data stored on the server was backed up and password protected, so it's unlikely the perpetrator can access any sensitive information.

The other stolen equipment -- which included microphones, microphone stands, and a stereo system used for Sunday services -- had little resale value.

"The sound system is so old it has cassette players," Jim Baker said.

Baker was upset by the loss of his personal guitar. He received the burgundy acoustic as a Christmas present years ago.

"It had some sentimental value," he said.

The Bakers believe someone familiar with the building was responsible for the break-in. The perpetrator appeared to know where the items were located and how to navigate the building.

Police had no suspects as of Saturday, according to the report. The Bakers still are reviewing surveillance video footage from Friday night.

Regardless the outcome of the investigation, Marcia Baker said the culprit will answer to a higher authority.

"God knows who did it," she said. "They're not going to have a moment's peace until they reconcile what they've done." ___ (c)2013 the KitsapSun (Bremerton, Wash.) Visit the KitsapSun (Bremerton, Wash.) at www.kitsapsun.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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