Last night police say that thieves stole everything from a YWCA in the Broadway/Fillmore district in Buffalo NY. Police are saying that the thieves broke in through a back door and took all of the commercial kitchen equipment out the front. Given the size of the warming station, refrigerator, stove and soup station it is believed that the thieves had a large truck possibly a U-Hal to move the large equipment. The police say that not only was the kitchen equipment stolen but so where tables and chairs.
The building that the YWCA was utilizing on Gibson St. was once a restaurant. The YMCA was using this space as a life skills training facility. The space for the last seven years was used for local residents to build their kitchen skills. The YWCA has been working closely with a local neighborhood group to develop a community kitchen, with the goal to allow local entrepreneurs to make and subsequently sell the goods at the Broadway Market just down the street.
While the community is upset they will not let the burglars take away their drive. They may have taken away their tools but the YWCA, the community advocacy group, and residents say the incident was isolated and they won’t let it deter their plans.
According to the Buffalo News:
Common Council President David A. Franczyk, who also lives in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, said that while the heist is a setback for the planned community kitchen, he described the neighborhood as being “very resilient.”
“We never give up,” Franczyk told reporters during a news conference. “Every knock is a boost.”
Neighborhood activists Eddy Dobosiewicz and Martin Biniasz of the Despensata Corporation said they remain hopeful that the community kitchen project will move forward in some fashion.
According to the website for the YWCA of WNY, the non-profit agency was started in 1870 and provides a range of programs including affordable day care and school-age care, transitional housing for women including victims of domestic violence, career, education and leadership programs for at-risk youth, and subsidized housing for seniors.
With an agency that has been a staple in our community for so long and provides services to the young, to the victims of domestic violence, and the young at heart it’s appalling that thieves would prey on an institution that seeks to help so many people.
Police believe that because many of the items taken were stainless steel that the thieves plan to scrap the metal. There were other signs that this was the goal, police say that the pipes to the urinals were ripped out of the wall. Police have contacted local scrap yards and made them aware of the items stolen.
Police say because of the size of the heist it’s unlikely that it went unnoticed. If you saw anything or know of information please contact police at their confidential tip line at 847-2255 or report a tip online.
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