Items stolen from Schoharie recovery efforts
A recovery group in Schoharie is frustrated after a string of burglaries this past week. Police said a TV was stolen from the village church, and a laptop was taken from the Schoharie Recovery Trailer. Our Beth Croughan has more.
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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. -- Volunteers worked Saturday to build a new fence alongside the home of Reverend Sherri Meyer-Veen. She and her husband are pastors at the Schoharie Reformed Church, the site of the flood recovery headquarters.
"The rebuilding effort here is going to continue to take years, just as we said from the beginning, we could see that it would," said Meyer-Veen.
Schoharie Recovery has coordinated 20,000 volunteers during the past year from behind the church buildings. "Lots and lots of great people doing lots of, many, many great things," said Schoharie Recovery Director Josh DeBartolo.
The organization has also helped the church community get back into one of theirs. "Unfortunately we had a break-in. And someone stole two brand new flat screen TV's that had just been donated to the Heritage House," he explained.
DeBartolo said along with the church's two new TV's, someone took a laptop and a donated air conditioner from the non-profit.
"People outside that are trying to help in the recovery effort, so to have someone try and steal from the recovery effort, and like I said, the recovery effort and the church, it's hard to handle," he said.
What's also hard, DeBartolo said is that three other people have had tools taken this week; the very things they're using to rebuild their homes.
"It sort of adds insult to injury. I guess, people are just desperate, I don't know what else to say, said Larry Kern, who estimates he had $1,000 in tools and materials stolen this week.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Schoharie County Dispatch. Kern has committed to donate $1,000 of his own money to the recovery efforts if those responsible are arrested and convicted.