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Columbus veteran's charity hit by thieves six times in 10 days

Volunteers at The Veteran's First Foundation, cleaning up after a burglary has become part of their daily routine. (WSYX/WTTE)

For volunteers at The Veteran's First Foundation, cleaning up after a burglary has become part of their daily routine.

"I am at a total loss, how heartless can you be," said Louise Long, after crooks broke into the West Broad Street location for the sixth time in 10 days.

"Again, and again, and again," said John Kelly, a long-time volunteer. "It's frustrating. You don't even want to come in."

Kelly for nearly 10 years has helped provide clothing, and toiletries to homeless veterans and military families in need.

Columbus Police now investigating the string of break-ins which began on January 12th, where crooks have busted through windows to steal, televisions, computers, toiletries, and winter clothes.

"We had a room of boots for the winter, they are all gone," said Long.

"You got to turn them away," said Kelly,. "It's sad, but what can I do?"

The half-dozen burglaries are hitting the charity hard, Kelly saying there is little money to replace busted out windows and buy a badly needed security system.

"We need one. We just cannot afford it," said Kelly, who says the group only relies on contributions and donations to survive.

"We are just going to keep on doing what we are doing," said Long.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus Police at 614-645-4545.

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