Salvation Army hit by vandalism, theft

Police arrested 45-year-old Gregory Weldon in connection with the crime. He was charged unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, second-degree criminal trespass, and second-degree theft

Posted: May 25, 2019 6:12 PM
Updated: May 28, 2019 10:18 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Salvation Army is moving forward after two of their donation pick-up trucks were vandalized May 14.

Manager Joey Versaw said he is disappointed, but not surprised that their location was hit like this.

"We're the last stop for a lot of people and, you know, they're seeking our help and what not, but unfortunately some people are on different paths and can be destructive and we get to deal with that," said Versaw.

Police arrested 45-year-old Gregory Weldon in connection with the crime. He was charged unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, second-degree criminal trespass, and second-degree theft.

Versaw said Weldon also stole tools from the trucks as well as the GPS systems.

He says after he got to work he tried to call police again to report more damages after the initial report.

"We called the police around six times throughout the day, left messages. They were going to be coming back to finish up the report. They never showed up -- never called," he said.

In fact he says their track record with police response hasn't always been great.

"Last year I got punched in the face in the store. (It) took them five hours to show up and by the time they showed up he was long gone -- the incident was long over," he added

But he also said the police have been a huge help to the Salvation Army and he has enjoyed working with them.

Versaw encourages you to donate what you can because he says, in part, due to their location they are always in short supply of items.

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