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Thursday, April 24, 2014


Boys & Girls Club burglarized, but community steps up to replace stolen goods

rmccarthy@keynoter.comApril 16, 2014 
Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay and graduating members of Leadership Monroe Class 22 pledged roughly $7,000 on Friday to help replace cash, computers and an Xbox game console stolen Thursday morning from the Key West Boys & Girls Club.
Boys & Girls Club Director Dan Dombroski attended a luncheon for the Leadership class at the Fly Navy building and mentioned the burglary to several people. The result was an impromptu hat-passing that raised around $2,000.
Ramsay then promised Dombroski $5,000 from the Sheriff's Office Shared Asset Forfeiture Fund, which is financed through the seizure of goods related to crimes.
"You go from the despairs of humanity to an epiphany," Dombroski said. "I mentioned that we had been robbed and they took it upon themselves to pass the hat and raise that money."
Ramsay said he ponied up some of his own cash, but wanted to take it a step further to help the club.
"It touched me as an important issue. They do a great job and it was such a selfish act," he said. "Hopefully they'll end up with some better [equipment] and it'll bring some awareness and help catch these terrible people."
The Boys & Girls Club provides after-school and summer recreational and learning opportunities. During the school year, about 85 kids participate; that goes up to around 130 in the summer.
Key West police are looking for at least two people they say broke into the locked gate around the club building, which is an active construction site at Glynn Archer Elementary School.
Dombroski said eight computers (two for staff and six for the children) were stolen, as well as the video game system and a small safe that contained more than $500 in petty cash.
However, "the lowest thing" the thieves stole was a lock box containing keys to the club's two vehicles and backup keys to its Bayview Park building.
"We had no keys to pick kids up with the vehicles," Dombroski said. "You never realize how vulnerable you are until somebody does something like this."
Police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said witnesses described two Hispanic men with average builds around the building at the time of the burglary. They might have been driving an older, faded light blue pickup.
Anyone with information can call detectives at 809-1015. Tips can be made anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at (800) 346-TIPS

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