A veterans’ organization was broken into and robbed, and it wasn’t the first time.
It happened at the VFW Post 5157 on Route 6 in Watertown where members there say they could be out thousands of dollars after someone broke in and wheeled out a vending machine that contained cash and was filled with gaming tickets.
“Anywhere between $7,000 and $8,000. The sealed ticket machine alone was worth $5,000. It was loaded up with tickets and money,” said Frank Trosky, who is the VFW post’s quartermaster. "We repaired the door, repaired the damages, thought we were done with it, broke into the VFW again and they took a box full of raffle money."
That's right thieves broke in the very next night.
Watertown police said that same night they also tried getting into Pasta Heaven, a popular Italian restaurant just down the road
It was the second time the restaurant was targeted in just a few days.
The first time, someone reached through a window, to get to the cash register.
"The type of area that we very rarely see such commercial type burglaries. We usually see them in other locations in town, the Straits Turnpike area, Main Street area, but this, no, and its well patrolled. We're asking the public's assistance to provide any information,” said Watertown Police Deputy Chief Robert Desena.
As police investigate, the veterans at the VFW said they're already looking into adding surveillance cameras to go along with their security alarm.
"It’s disheartening that somebody would prey on a veterans’ organization. Our mission is to serve veterans, the military, and our community,” Trosky said.
The VFW says it is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of those involved.
Anyone with information is asked to Watertown police.
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