Klingerstown, Pennsylvania (WNEP) – “This building is usually locked. There was a lock on this building. Whoever walked in had a bolt cutter or some way to get rid of the lock, ”said Brett Kahler, Klingerstown Fire Chief.
He showed Newswatch 16 where the volunteer fire department was broken into.
State police said sometime last week someone broke into the fire department sheds in Upper Mahatongo parish. About $ 500 worth of equipment was stolen.
“I was pretty angry at the time because we had previously had problems with people breaking into booths but not actually stealing anything that was so big here and there,” said Chief Kahler.
Firefighters said a pizza oven, two propane tanks, power cables and some gas were stolen from their sheds. All of this is used to raise money for the fire department during a carnival.
“That’s all for money to try and keep the bills paid, fuel in the trucks, and keep insurance and registrations,” said Chief Kahler.
He said it will take a while to get that money back.
“Right now that everything is shut down, there can be no carnival and everything else, so we’re trying to do other fundraising drives to keep profits up,” said Chief Kahler.
Sandra Shreck lives next to the fire department.
“It sure is bold to do something especially to an organization that is doing so much good for the community, and they are doing a lot for the community,” Shreck said.
The state police in Schuylkill Haven are looking for the burglar.
Anyone with information should call (570) 593-2000.
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