June 5, 2014

Three boys rob club of summer fun

June 5, 2014 Staff Writer Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — When three boys robbed Locust Grove Boys & Girls Club, officer Phillip Carey was quick to act.

Carey, who has been with the department only 30 days, was dispatched to the club May 27, at 8:28 p.m.

Carey said the club’s windows had been smashed and several items, along with $600 cash, had been stolen.

“The suspects stole an XBox, digital cameras, three laptops and some other items in addition to the cash,” said Chief Chris Edwards.

In the course of the investigation Carey found the suspects were three juvenile males aged 10 to 14.

“The case has been turned over to the Oklahoma Department of Juvenile Affairs to handle, for both prosecution and seeking retribution for the club,” said Carey.

“I’m very proud of Officer Carey for the way he handled this investigation. From the time the initial call was made, through the investigation, locating the suspects and contacting ODJA to wrap things up took less than three hours. I’m proud of his efficiency,” said Edwards.

While all the electronics were returned, the small club is still out the cash.

“The computers were returned to us but now they don’t work, we’re having some problems with them,” said Terry Ingram, assistant director. “The money that was taken was the money we raised to pay for summer field trips.”

Ingram said the club averages between 35-40 kids, many of which can’t afford to pay for the field trips and activities hosted by the club.

“So to help everyone out paying for field trips we do fundraisers. In February we did a cupcake sale, we baked strawberry cupcakes and sold them for Valentine’s Day,” said Ingram. “Then for Founders Day we did a stand and sold popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones.”

The field trips include group outings to Pryor Creek Recreation Center, Pryor Skating Rink and a water park.

Any leftover money was going to be used for supplies for the club’s “Summer Brain Games.”

Money isn’t typically left in the club, according to Ingram, that particular night was different.

“Two of our volunteers are seniors, and it was graduation night so we were all trying to get things done and get there on time. One of our staff didn’t make it to the bank before they closed because a parent was late picking up their child,” said Ingram. “ It was just a weird night.”

“We do have another fundraiser planned, June 21, we will be set up at Locust Grove’s Watermelon Fest, I know we won’t be able to raise all the money back, and it won’t be in time, but hopefully we make some money there,” said Ingram.

Ingram said the mother of the juveniles brought two of the three in to apologize to the staff.

“Our kids just worked so hard on those fundraisers and were so proud of the money they raised, it was hard to tell them that other kids broke in and stole it,” said Ingram.

With no time to raise the money, Ingram said, it could mean some kids simply don’t get to to enjoy the summer field trips.

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