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Local School for Women Hit by Vandals Multiple Times

By: April Douglas
By: April Douglas

The Lighthouse Children's Home is a place of second chances for two dozen teen girls, yet it's also proving to be a place of opportunity for crooks.

Mike Reason says, "We've been broken into 10 times, they've stolen two cars and vandalized 15 or more."

Overnight, bandits break into the yard, ransacking several cars, including smashing the window of a work truck, actions that anger Lighthouse leaders

Billy Hudson says, "Very angry. I'm a retired police officer and I wanna get hold of them because this is upsetting."

Deputies dig through the evidence, checking for clues to help crack this chronic case. Officials say the Lighthouse is an easy target for thieves. It's been hit 10 times in 12 months.

SGT Kenneth Gainey of the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "Isolated area, ground’s dark, and there is enough cover so someone would not be seen."

The Lighthouse is a beacon of hope for troubled teens. Everything here is donated, which makes the burglary that much harder to swallow.

Lighthouse Children's Home staff hope anyone with any information will come forward and help put an end to the break-ins.

You can call the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 850-922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 850-891-HELP.


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