2012-12-13 / Front Page

Lexington Heritage Center Burglarized

On Thursday, December 6, Chief Yarbrough and Officer Sandoval with the Lexington Police Department, were dispatched to the Lexington Log Cabins and Heritage Center, located in the 500 block of 4th St., in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, a representative from the Cabins advised that the Heritage Center building had been burglarized.

The representative explained that they had installed new locks on the Heritage Center a couple of weeks earlier in order to have all the locks keyed the same.

The only things missing from the building were two computers, an older one that was about ten years old, and a newer ACER brand that had been purchased recently. Also, two printers, one ink jet and one laser, were taken, along with a copier, a scanner and one telephone. No antiquities were found to be missing.

While it is not known exactly when the burglary took place, it is believed that it occurred after 12:13 p.m. Wednesday afternoon as Artis Poston, Treasurer for the Cabins, had gone into the Heritage Center at noon on Wednesday to pick up their bank book and deposit book to make a deposit. She said the deposit slip from the bank was time stamped 12:13 p.m.

A member-wide clean up was scheduled for Thursday, December 6, at 9 a.m. and that’s when the burglary was discovered.

Michael Ahrendt, a member of the Lexington Log Cabins, said, “Nothing delicate was lost in the burglary. Although the computers had some pictures on them that we spent hours scanning, I am sure most, if not all of those can be rescanned and made available to the public again.”

It is assumed that the burglars entered through a side door and took the equipment from the back area of the building because another computer was in the front room, along with a jug full of money from visitors’ donations.

Poston said, “They could have put their hand in that jug and gotten all the dollars out, but they didn’t take it. The presents that the kids had collected Saturday night [during the annual Pioneer Festival of Lights] were also left untouched. They were all still there against the wall.”

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