Break-ins force Milwaukee youth center to close

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by Lane Kimble

MILWAUKEE -- A pastor reached out to CBS 58 after a string of break-ins at the Buske's Lighthouse Youth Center in Milwaukee. The doors to the youth center if closed, and the inside is trashed.

Pastor Jim Buske says his youth center has been burglarized three times in 10 days. Burglars first hit on August 30th."They came into our building and stole four flat screen TV's off the wall," says Buske. "Physically just ripped them off the brackets. They had to spend some time doing that."

One week later, burglars struck again. This time they stole copper piping and every brass item while trashing the building. They also clogged the toilets with paper and their own feces. Pastor Buske tells us the estimated damage was $5,000.

Just two days later the burglars stole office items, video game systems, and Chromebook laptops kids use for homework. 

Pastor Buske says police have increased patrols in the area. Police have an idea of who the suspects might be.

The youth center runs entirely on donations, Pastor Buske still needs help with the plumbing and clean-up process.

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