BELLEVILLE, Ill (KSDK) - A burglary at the Salvation Army Family Store in Belleville will have a ripple effect.
Someone broke into the store at 218 North Illinois St. on April 4 and took a DVD player, DVDs, video games and other electronics.
The proceeds from store sales provides funding for the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. The center provides free services to men between 18 and 65 years old who are struggling to overcome addiction and other social problems.
"We at The Salvation Army ARC strive to make sure every penny goes to support those who most desperately need it," said Major K. Kendall Mathews, the administrator of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. "This crime not only will effect the men of our Center but also those in the Belleville community and other communities in which we serve to provide gently used merchandise at very low cost to families that may be struggling economically. It makes it even harder to realize, by looking at the items which were taken, that the very person or persons committing this crime are probably desperate for the type of services we provide at the ARC and would have openly received them had they only asked. Now we are left with no choice but to pursue prosecution instead of being the hand up they most desperately need."