OROVILLE, Calif - Early Friday morning someone threw a metal pipe through a Bird Street Thrift Store window in Oroville, but they didn't take anything and the managers believe it's actually retaliation for their recent security measures.
This is just the latest in a series of vandalism at that place which is part of the Oroville Rescue Mission.
Oroville Rescue said around three times a week they come back to a huge mess in the back with trash everywhere so two days ago they put in an alarm system and then this happened.
“It breaks my heart. It really does. All the people in our program are saying I can't believe it, it's just really disheartening,” said Annie Terry.
Annie Terry works with the Oroville Rescue Mission which goes hand in hand with the Bird Street Thrift Store.
“It’s crazy that people who can get something for free would ransack just so they can ransack,” Terry said.
She says several times a week, they come back to a huge mess in the backyard.
“People are climbing over this wall and trying to break into the storage unit, cutting the locks and breaking into the trailer full of old clothes,” Terry said.
And taking what they want, basically ransacking it and making a mess.
“They’ve broken the lid on our dumpster trying to just break into the dumpster and then if you let them get in the dumpster they're just going through stuff and throwing it all over the backyard,” Terry said.
She says it's crazy because they're a rescue mission and give all that stuff away for free to those who need it.
She says police told them to install a security system, which they did earlier this week, and cost around $1,000.
And it's been an expense that the rescue mission didn't plan on,
“We could be feeding and housing people with that money instead of trying to deter people from breaking into the thrift store. You know, if you're breaking into a thrift store that's ridiculous,” Terry said.
Now when someone climbs the fence, a siren goes off and the strobe light starts flashing.
Sadly, that may have backfired.
Early Friday morning someone threw a pipe through the store windshield but didn't even try to steal anything.
“I think this was in retaliation. For now, there's an alarm back there when they come over the fence,” Terry said.
She believes its homeless people doing this and thinks it's a similar group because of how often they have problems in the backyard.
And thinks part of the reason is that if they're arrested, “nothing's going to happen there's no longer any consequences so they just walk around throwing pipes through windows, it's kind of senseless,” Terry said.
She says the window incident cost them about $500 because they have to pay a deductible and insurance will cover the rest but that's still $500 they don't really have and money they could use to actually help the people in need.