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'This is ridiculous': Local nonprofit burglarized six times in the last eight years

The last burglary took place last week
Posted at 6:47 PM, Sep 29, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. — A local nonprofit is experiencing continuous burglaries year after year. The most recent one took place last week, where someone got away with over $2,500 worth of goods. Now, Benson Plant Rescue is fighting back and saying no more.

"We realized Thursday morning September 24th that things were missing," Benson Plant Rescue board member Tom Byrd said.

Members of the nonprofit are now scrambling to pick up the pieces. The burglar got away with a car, the cash box, tools, an iPad and other miscellaneous things he picked up on his way out.

"This is a bad one. They've had several break-ins. This is ridiculous," Benson Plant Rescue member KC Halpine said.

Since moving locations eight years ago to 72nd and Maple Streets, the non-profit has had six burglaries.

"I can't believe that they would take advantage of an establishment like this that has worked so hard and everything that they make is donated to the library to the educational funds. It just doesn't make any sense at all," Halpine said.

But this small nonprofit is not giving up. They're using their personal surveillance video to prevent this from happening again.

Benson Plant Rescue has collected surveillance video, contacted community members and the Omaha Police Department to find the burglar and to send a message - that enough is enough.

"I hope that the guy gets caught," Halpine said.

The Omaha Police Department is investigating but has not made any arrests as of Tuesday.

Despite having items stolen and their business broken into the organization is still giving away free flowers in the Benson district this weekend to thank the community for their support and to "give people a reason to smile".