Vernon Police are searching for thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of copper pipes and caused a lot of damage at the Salvation Army.
The building on Union Street has been vacant for more than a year, so it may have been an easy target.
The thieves stole a bunch of copper pipes and they left the water running, which caused a lot of damage.
There was about three feet of water in the basement, the furnace became submerged and the building's electrical system was damaged.
"What happened here is truly devastating, we were not ready for this. There's a lot of damage that could have been avoided," said Edyta Orzel of the Salvation Army.
When a maintenance worker for the Salvation Army went to the building on Wednesday, he found the basement flooded. He pumped out all of the water and left, but when he returned on Thursday it was clear that the thieves had come back and stole more copper pipes.
"The person allegedly backed up with a vehicle, entered the building through a basement window and stole the copper piping causing extensive damage in the building," said Lt. William Meier of the Vernon Police Department.
Police said this has happened to a few other building in town. The thieves take the copper pipes to scrap yards and try to sell them.
The Salvation Army was trying to sell the building to the town, but now that's on hold and they're trying to see if their insurance will cover the damage.
"We are not sure how much money we will be able to recoup, we need to focus on our programs and we are trying to do the most good for the community. Now we are taken away from that and put our money into this building we are trying to sell," Orzel said.
Police are hoping that someone may have seen something and if they did, they are asked to call the Vernon Police Department.
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