GERRITSEN BEACH, N.Y. (PIX11)—Members of the Knights of Columbus Rev. E.J. Matthews in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn are heartbroken tonight after thieves broke into their establishment and stole thousands of dollars from a Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser.
Around 7 a.m. Thursday morning the robbers ransacked the group's office, taking the computer containing their records and the safe tucked behind the bar with $12,000 inside.
One member, Anthony D'Agosta, tells PIX11 the robbers knew the layout of the exclusive club and alleged that they rolled out the safe on a hand truck. He adds the members found track marks in the carpet leading to the door.
The robbery is especially painful for Raymond Loughran Sr. because the funds stolen were being collected for a Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser in his son's honor. The group will hold a pool tournament in two weeks for Raymond Loughran, Jr.who passed away of the disease several years ago.
D'Agosta says the robbers popped out one of the small windows to get inside and disable the alarm which was found yanked out of the wall.
"They must have known it was in the office (they) pulled the wires and the panels came out of the ceiling," D'Agosta said.
"It's tearing my heart out," Loughran, Sr. said.
Members immediately beefed up security, adding new bars on the windows and changing the locks on the doors. A spare set of keys was inside the stolen safe. They are also in the process of installing cameras and a video surveillance system outside the building at 2882 Gerritsen Avenue.
The Knights of Columbus vow to raise more money and will send what they make in the next few weeks to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
If you would like to donate, you can send funds for the cystic fibrosis foundation, Raymond Loughran, Jr. to K of C #5989 Rev. E.J. Matthews, 2882 Gerritsen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229