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Community center forced to close after A/C units stolen

Posted at 10:41 PM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 09:46:32-04

Chambers believes they'll need to shell out $15,000 for a set of new units.

Ruth Ann Scribner, Client,"this is important! But the thieves on this side of town has gotten horrible. They're out of control.”

An important charity on Tulsa's west side couldn't keep its doors open any longer.

Organizers at Neighbors Along The Line said thieves jumped their fence and stole all of their air conditioning units.

This is not what people were expecting when they showed up Neighbors Along The Line Thursday.

“This store means a lot to these people grocery wise," said Ruth Ann Scribner, a client.

Scribner one of the many looking to the center to pick up fresh produce or medical care.

That's not going to happen anytime soon after thieves jumped their fence.

Neighbors Along The Line knew something was wrong when all their vents were spewing hot air.

It's when they got back here they realized all three of their A/C units were ripped away and stolen.

"It was quite disappointing. You know because really to take from Neighbors Along the Line is to take from the community," said Shannon Chambers, Neighbors Along The Line Executive Director.

Chambers believes they'll need to shell out $15,000 for a set of new units.

“We'll have to fundraise for it essentially. We run a very lean organization, so we just don't have that type of money laying around," said Chambers.

Chris Germany, a dental clinic patient, relies on Neighbors Along The Line.

“I’m grateful that they helped me today and they could've probably helped a lot more people if they had the air conditioning stuff going it doesn't need to happen like that," said Germany.

“It's very sad that somebody would take and steal from someone that helps us so much," said Glenda Germany, a client.

“This is really really sad and they're wonderful people, but this is really sad and I hope somebody helps!" said Scribner.

For Neighbors Along The Line, they're getting quotes and hope to reopen sometime next week.

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