Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigates thrift store vandalism

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office investigates thrift store vandalism
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ENGLEWOOD, Fla. (North Port Sun) - Sarasota County Sheriff’s Officials are seeking information on vandals who destroyed the non-profit Project Phoenix thrift store over the weekend.

Neither the thrift store nor any nearby businesses have surveillance cameras.

According the North Port Sun, no one at the business has any clue who the vandals could be.

“There was stuff everywhere,” said Bill Werner, Project Phoenix vice president, about conditions at the nonprofit’s resale store on West Dearborn Street. "Everything that wasn’t nailed down was literally tossed down the middle of our driveway or to the side of our property. They didn’t get into the building, but it looked like someone had a fit of rage and a lot of anger built up.”

Werner said he started get calls from people early Sunday morning after they noticed the damage.

Project Phoenix president Bobbi Sue Burton posted a short video on the Project Phoenix Facebook page Sunday.

“Luckily, it was just vandalism,” Burton said. “There was some thefts of stuff we knew about and probably stuff we didn’t know about (on the outside of the building).”

Like Werner, Burton said whoever trashed the property was full of rage.

“Personally, I don’t know why,” she said.

The nonprofit’s mission is to provide families and individuals with items they have lost due to fire, loss of home, lack of insurance, domestic situations or other setbacks. They also work in conjunction with other outreach programs in the Englewood area.

Project Phoenix clients are referred by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, the Englewood Fire Control District, Charlotte County 211, the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies, St. Francis of Assisi and St. David’s Episcopal Church.

For more information, visit Project Phoenix’s Facebook page or call 941-828-1955.

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