“They ruined everything”
CEO of one of Bahamas oldest charities “disheartened” by incident
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas Humane Society (BHS) suffered damage to its property for thousands of dollars on Sunday night after a burglary allegedly took place at its Dunmore Avenue location.
In addition to extensive property damage, the animal shelter’s security system and at least $ 500 in cash were stolen, according to the official BHS Instagram page.
No shelter staff or animals were injured as a result of the weekend flight.
According to BHS chief executive Percy Grant, members of the animal shelter’s security team called him around 10:30 p.m. to report that the place had been broken into and ransacked.
“Around 10:30 pm last night we got a call from my night inspectors saying that when they got back out of call they found the place had been broken into – offices were broken into, doors opened.” , did he declare. Eyewitness News.
“The accounts office, which was the first office through which they could have entered, they ransacked.
âThey found the money, $ 500 in a float, which they took away.
âThey broke down other doors – my office, they didn’t get anything out of there; the adoption office, they ransacked.
âThey ruined everything. “
The estimated costs for the damage suffered are over $ 20,000.
âBecause the doors that had been kicked in were expensive, we had estimates this morning of $ 3,500 to try to replace those doors and locks,â Grant said.
âThe camera systems, valued at around $ 15,000, we have to try to replace them.
“It’s going to be a setback, a financial setback.”
Speculating on the reason for the break-in, the CEO of BHS suggested the thieves were motivated by money.
He said, “Looks like [it] was something to do with money. They wanted cash; I don’t think they found much. They did their best to dig up the place.
Grant called the ordeal disheartening, given how the shelter, also positioned as the Bahamas’ oldest charity, served the public during the country’s darkest times.
âIt is very discouraging for us as a charity, and particularly [because of] what we have done so far for the public – feed the animals that have been moved from Dorian and the pandemic, âhe said.
âEvery Tuesday and Wednesday people come to the Humane Society to get dog and cat food for help.
“So now we have to replace a lot of things, which is going to be expensive, and try to get back on our feet before the holidays.”
Despite the financial pressure from the heist, Grant said the nonprofit is not planning to suspend services.
The number of thieves who broke into BHS has not been confirmed and no suspects have been linked to the crime until the time of publication.