Lawrence VFW post burglarized

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Late-night thieves targeted a local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall. No one was hurt in the overnight burglary at the Lawrence VFW, but members are adding up the losses.

"They actually left a crowbar in the office that they used to pry all the locks off, and the police took it possibly to get fingerprints," said John Armstrong, VFW Post 261.

The break-in was discovered by a maintenance man shortly after 4:00 am.

"Somebody had cut all the lines outside - cable, our phone, the alarm system. And they pried open one of the rear doors, came in here, ripped the alarm unit off the wall, and kicked the door in on the office itself and pried open our safe and all the cabinets that contain money," said Armstrong.

Even though it started on the outside, there is suspicion that someone had prior knowledge of the inside.

"That's the alarm unit they ripped clear off the wall. It has a battery backup but once they cut the phone lines, the way this alarm was set up, it voided the alarm system," said Armstrong.

After defending their country, the men and women of VFW 261 in Lawrence - many of whom served in combat - were left defenseless.

"There's nothing sacred. There's nobody really safe," said Armstrong.

So far, police have not released any information about possible leads or suspects.