Burglars use child's chair to break into non-profit day care in Montrose

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by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

A non-profit child care center in the Montrose area was burglarized and now they're trying to figure out how they'll replace what was stolen.

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 6:01 PM

MONTROSE—A non-profit child care center in the Montrose area was burglarized and now they’re trying to figure out how they’ll replace what was stolen.

"You try hard to build something positive in the community," said Avalon Academy Director Connie McGrew. "I almost cried. I wanted to faint. I didn’t really know what to do."

McGrew said thieves used the dumpster to jump over the fence and used a child’s chair to help pry open a window at the school in the 1600 block of Indiana Street. It happened Friday night before the long holiday weekend.

"This is a child care center. It’s not a big huge business. We don’t keep money on board," she said.

Instead, the thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics.

"You can see they left all of the plugs to the computers and just hauled out everything," said McGrew.

The children, who range in age from babies to kindergarteners, don’t quite understand but their parents do.

"To steal at all is horrible but to steal from children is just... I can’t even imagine," said parent Alisha Renshaw.

Renshaw knows the academy doesn’t have money in the budget to replace what was stolen. They rely on donations and the kindness of others.

"Most of what they have is from donations," said Renshaw. "I mean, we bought a refrigerator last year because one broke."

Avalon also can’t afford an alarm or surveillance cameras so they have no idea who broke in.

Houston Police are working the case. If you have any leads in this case, call Crime Stoppers are (713) 222-TIPS.

Avalon Academy is also accepting donations. If you’d like to help, call the school at (713) 524-1174.

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