MENTOR, Ohio - Mentor police released surveillance video Wednesday trying to identify two men who burglarized a non-profit veteran’s organization.
The suspects can be seen prying open a back door at the AMVETS Post 40 located at 9141 Jordan Drive in Mentor just before 1 a.m. on August 5.
Despite setting off the alarm system, the suspects managed to quickly bust open several gaming machines, steal liquor from behind the bar and a take a large jug filled with $100 in donations for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to help kids battling cancer.
It’s a cause that is especially important to post members, because one of their own lost a child to cancer.
“It’s sad, it’s like a slap in the face,” said Canteen Manager and Marine Corp Veteran Christopher Moss, ”St. Jude’s, come on, you’ve got to have a heart.”
Right now there are no leads but police are hoping someone will recognize the suspects in the video clips.
It appears the burglars may have been familiar with the property, because of how quickly they completed the break in.
“They were in and out within 53 seconds,” said Lt. Mike Majernik, ”It’s important we catch them because we don’t want them going into another business and doing the same thing.”
Ironically Christopher says, if the thieves had just approached the AMVETS honestly and asked for help, “We would’ve helped them. That’s why we’re here.”
AMVETS posts across the country and in Mentor provide services for veterans and donate both cash and resources to numerous charities and people in crisis locally and nationwide.
Anyone with information about the burglars should call Mentor Police at 440-974-5760 or you can also privately message the department on their Facebook page