Odessa Police investigating early morning burglary at The Salvation Army

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Police in Odessa are investigating an early morning burglary that left the Salvation Army a complete mess.

Members of the Salvation Army say the break-in happened early Monday morning, when their maintenance man arrived around 5:30 to find the their main offices vandalized.

They say the front doors had been pried open with a crowbar, windows were spray-painted, and computer equipment was stolen.

Police also found parts of the Chapel were burned, including Christmas wreaths.

"We're gonna have to have everything cleaned.  You know it's going to cost a lot of money just to clean things up, so we're talking 15 to 20 thousand dollars worth of damage last night," Sgt. Jay Ward with the Odessa Salvation Army, said.

Members of the Salvation Army say they wanted to send their bell ringers out to collect donations on Monday, but their equipment had been vandalized as well.

Police are still investigating.