POTTSBORO, TX-Members of the Lake Texoma V.F.W. were devastated after their post was burglarized just days after a charity event taking all their cash, amounting to thousands of dollars.
Jan Vogelsang thought it was just another Tuesday morning when she went to work at Lake Texoma V.F.W., but when she opened the door, she knew something was off.
"When I unlocked the door, the alarm code did not sound so I knew something was wrong," she said.
Vogelsang thought it was odd that the security system didn't work when she went in Tuesday morning. She looked around and found something was missing.
"One of the two padlocks in our walk-in wasn't there and so I opened the walk-in and found that one bag was missing and the safe unlocked with all the bags missing out of it," she said.
Another safe located in the office was also gone, despite the door being locked. Vogelsang said she saw no sign of forced entry.
"What's really funny is, all the doors were locked. How did somebody get in, how did somebody get back out? We do have security procedures in place so it's kind of a mystery right now," she said.
Vogelsang then called the post's quartermaster, LaVern Terbl, who calculated how much was stolen and the result wasn't promising.
"Not good. Rough estimate, we come up with is a little bit over $15,000," he said.
The $15,000 included the $8,000 raised from Sunday's "Labor of Love" event, benefiting military families.
"Disgust for whoever the spineless person is who did this to a V.F.W. post. We're hurt," he said.
Post commander Dom Domingos was very upset about the incident and, because the suspect was able to disable the security system by unplugging surveillance and alarms, he said they will have to make some changes.
"Our security guy was out today and we are going to be changing up our security procedures and our methods of operations to make them tighter," he said.
But Domingos said, despite the loss, they will find their way back on their feet.
"We'll recoup, we'll bounce back. They can beat us down but they can't kill us."
Lake Texoma V.F.W. needs your help. They are in need of a new safe and security system, along with some cash to stay open.
You can contact them by calling (903)786-2400.
Lake Texoma V.F.W. Post 7873
250 VFW Dr