Trio of thieves rip off local charity aimed at serving low-incom -

Trio of thieves rip off local charity aimed at serving low-income families

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

 (KMOV) -- Tons of electronics meant for low-income families were stolen by a trio of despicable criminals Monday night.

News 4 obtained surveillance video from inside of WITS Inc. in North Saint Louis. It shows three men swiping laptops, TV’s, power tools and then they go away.

News 4 learned that because of this thievery employees may not get their paychecks next week.  Right now, the owner is trying to come up with a way to pay her 25 employees.

The fallout however doesn’t stop there. “Our guys had their work into it…paid for the software and now we have to figure out how to recoup the costs since the items are now gone,” says President and CEO of WITS Inc. Angela Haas.

Three men were seen on surveillance storming in the place and within minutes they’re gone. Two hours later, they’re back.

When they returned, they got away with dozens of the tools employees need to fix up the store’s computers.

“With this, we’re going to have to find the money to replace tools and right now with the downturn of the economy and difficulty of donations…it’s going to be a struggle,” says Hass.

On Tuesday, Hass was left with devising a way to get her employees paid.

Bill Buehler is one of the computer technicians. He says, “I’m just hoping we have enough money to make payroll and that we can make it.”

What about the hundreds of low-income families who count on them for computers at a price they can afford? Some of these laptops get fixed up and sold for just $100.

Hass says, “I won’t say a family may not get something but it makes it more challenging to serve as many families and non-profits as we generally do.”

For the first time ever WITS Inc. is asking the public for financial help. Click here if you’d like to donate to the charity.  

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