Authorities are investigating an overnight attempted robbery at a Salvation Army post in North Little Rock.
Several people broke into the North Little Rock Salvation Army Service Unit, 1505 W. 18th St., and stripped six air-conditioning units of their copper, the charitable organization said in a statement.
Neighbors saw the vandals and called police, and the vandals fleeing, leaving the copper and a ladder, the release stated.
North Little Rock Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian Dedrick said officers were dispatched at 2:43 a.m. Wednesday morning to a report of a man on the roof of the Salvation Army building. They arrive to find the ladder and various amounts of cut-up copper wire stripped off the air conditioning units. He added that no suspect has been arrested yet.
The Salvation Army estimates $30,000 to $40,000 in damage was done but didn't have an immediate appraisal of how their efforts in the Baring Cross neighborhood will be affected.
“We are still assessing the situation,” Salvation Army Captain Roger Glick said in a statement. “This service center is located in an area that desperately needs our services. We are disappointed in the actions of these vandals, but we are thankful for the support of our surrounding community.”