Have you seen them? East County-based Home of Guiding Hands Searching for Two After Break-In – NBC 7 San Diego
A local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services to San Diego residents of all ages with developmental disabilities, called Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), is looking for a Grinch (or two) after suffering a flight to their head office during the peak of the holiday season.
“Why would anyone take a nonprofit in the first place, and especially during the holidays, when it’s time to give and celebrate and be grateful for what you have,” said said Edward Hershey, President and CEO of Home of Mains Directors.
At around 2 a.m. on Monday, the organization said two people were captured by a security camera circling the parking lot of their El Cajon property and attempting to open the vehicle doors. The El Cajon Police Department said in a statement that the two eventually took “tools from a vehicle in the secure parking lot.”
“Early Monday morning, alarms went off on our property,” Hershey said. “It just made it difficult, kind of depressed. We just finished celebrating a lot of vacations here at the office – brought some of our residential programs, Santa came to visit us. We were really started last week on a high note and then we were really hit, kind of a punch from this week.
At least $ 1,000 of equipment was stolen, according to an HGH spokesperson. While they recognize it could have been worse, Hershey explained that these items, in particular, will negatively impact their ability to provide service to residential customers. According to their website, HGH operates more than 30 homes for four to six people and also offers home services in San Diego County and Imperial Valley.
“The loss of these tools has a huge impact on our residents,” Hershey said. “It keeps our maintenance staff from doing the job. Now they have to go out [and] buy new tools. We are good stewards of the people who donate money to our program and that takes away not only the people we serve, but our donors as well. “
Hershey added that the two may also have tried to steal one of their vehicles, which has been critical to their ability to help the community meet the needs of the pandemic. When asked if the two were attempting to pick up any of the vehicles on the property, ECPD said they had no information about it, but they confirmed that at least one of the cars had entered at the time of the burglary.
“Those [vehicles] were the ones we manage the supplies [with]. We have partnered with the San Diego Regional Center and the State Disability Council and supplied PPE to San Diego and Imperial County, ”said Hershey, who added that HGH had distributed millions of pieces of PPE since March. 2020.
Hershey is hopeful the community can help recover stolen HGH items and restore the holiday spirit, after seeing the two in security footage. ECPD asks anyone with information to call their service at 619-579-3311 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.