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Charity for blind hit by string of thefts

Targeted: Vision Bermuda’s HQ at Beacon House on Hamilton’s Cedar Avenue (File photograph)

A charity for the blind’s headquarters has been hit by raiders four times in less than two weeks.

Patrick Caton of Vision Bermuda said that construction equipment and building materials were stolen from the charity’s Cedar Avenue headquarters, which is undergoing renovations.

Mr Caton added: “They went in through the roof while it was being reframed, they pulled plywood out of a window opening and went through there, they pulled out the bottom of a bay window and went in through there.

“It was very frustrating, not only in the violation sense, but also because it means we are out of materials and tools.”

Mr Caton said the first of the break-ins was discovered by the contractor for the work in late September.

He added: “We did some scouting around and found out where the criminal had gotten in – a window that was boarded up.

“Initially we thought it was minor, but then it just continued.”

Mr Caton said burglars entered the building on at least four occasions over the two weeks.

They took building supplies, including lumber, a concrete saw, three circular saws, cordless drills and extension chords.

He added: “It makes you feel indignant that a charity is being left out of pocket by someone who is so inconsiderate, but I doubt that is anywhere in the thought process of the criminal.

“I don’t think they know or would care either way.”

But Mr Caton said that despite the burglaries, work on the renovations was still on track and the charity looked forward to reopening.

He added it would be “lovely” if the stolen items were returned.

Mr Caton said: “I don’t think we would ask any questions if that happened, but it would end up being outside because now I think we have dealt with the potential points of entry.”

He added: “We have shifted the focus of Vision Bermuda to providing more in-person care while the building is being renovated, but we are looking forward to having it completed.

“It’s going to be aspirational. It’s going to show not just people with vision loss but people with any physical disability how the implementation of technological aids make them every bit as productive as the able bodied.”

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Published October 11, 2021 at 7:52 am (Updated October 11, 2021 at 7:39 am)

Charity for blind hit by string of thefts

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