The Camden Police Athletic League, designed to be a safe haven for the city's youngsters, has been burglarized three nights in a row, with a loss of close to $3,000 in equipment, police announced yesterday.
As a group of 19 of the juveniles that attend the mentoring program sat glumly in a circle, Lt. Nicole Martin and Detective Dionne Redden told reporters the youths had been "violated."
The center lost basketball and table-tennis equipment, as well as music, video and computer equipment. Damage was also done to locks, doors and windows during the Sunday-through-Tuesday break-ins.
The officers said the center was now in such bad shape, they doubted that the burglars would return. "There's nothing left to steal," said Martin.