Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men suspected of burglarizing the kids’ clubhouse at Boedekker Park, at the corner of Eddy and Jones streets.
The clubhouse serves youth in the Tenderloin through the Boys & Girls Club, offering academic, athletic and leadership programs. But while it was locked up as usual at 7:30 p.m. on the night of Wednesday, February 6, employees who returned at 8:30 a.m. the next morning found the clubhouse had been burglarized, SFPD spokesman Joesph Tomlinson told us.
The thieves got away with the clubhouse’s television, Wii gaming console, and a laptop, among other valuable items.
Seeking the public's help, SFPD investigators released surveillance photos of two suspects in the robbery on Twitter yesterday (pictured above and below).
Tomlinson said the suspects were spotted by officers reviewing video footage from nearby surveillance cameras.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call SFPD’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, and reference case number 190094278. Informants can also email SFPDtenderloinstation@sfgov.org.
"While there were a few material items taken, that has not been the focus for the staff and agencies at Boedekker Park," said Michael Vuong, Tenderloin Clubhouse director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco.
Vuong said the agencies at the Boedekker clubhouse are working with community members, other agencies in the neighborhood, and SFPD to instill a broader level of accountability.
"As we continue to build community with each other, the opportunities and likelihood of these not-so-happy situations happening lessen," Vuong said.
Vuong said the clubhouse would welcome any help community members can offer to replace the stolen items.
Although the situation is unfortunate, he added, it has revealed the beauty of the neighborhood's community and "the amount of genuine care the patrons of the Tenderloin [have] shown and continue to show."
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