Posted: Nov 27, 2012 9:41 PM
Updated: Nov 27, 2012 10:29 PM
RIO GRANDE CITY - A social service agency devoted to helping Starr County's poorest has been burglarized for a second time in a week.
The Community Action Council of South Texas provides housing assistance, tools, health services and transportation to people in need.
"Meals on Wheels ... we deliver about 1,100 plates a day," Community Action Council of South Texas Director Juan Cantu said.
Lately someone has been helping themselves to the equipment the agency needs to function.
The vandalism and thefts started two weeks ago, Cantu said. Thieves shot out the exterior lights.
"It was mostly vandalism," Cantu said.
"They broke in the glass. We had window bars on the outside. They pried them open," he said.
Last weekend thieves ransacked the building.
Cantu said thieves took computers, refrigerators and video cameras, among other things.
The thieves took thousands of dollars in equipment.
The thieves took computers crucial for the agency's operation. Now they have to keep records the old-fashioned way.
Cantu said the agency can't afford security measures like surveillance cameras or alarms.
Rio Grande City police said they recently arrested a juvenile in connection with a burglary at a nearby school. They believe he may know something about the break-ins at council.