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Vandals Destroy Cars at Opportunity Village Campus
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LAS VEGAS -- Opportunity Village has suffered another blow. Six months after a fire destroyed the Opportunity Village Thrift Store, vandals have broken into cars and damaged property at their main campus.

When staff arrived at work Wednesday, they saw shards of tinted glass all over the parking lot. Seven vans were broken into and rummaged through. There were even tools stolen out of one of them.

"Can we not catch a break at all? It's very, very frustrating. The staff just can't comprehend why anyone would want to do this to Opportunity Village," said Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village.

She says thieves have stolen Santa suits, cables, Christmas lights and props from the Magical Forest over the last month.

The Opportunity Village main campus neighbors the CSN West Charleston campus, so security guards patrol the lit parking lot every night. Last week, they arrested two kids carrying a wheel barrow full of Christmas lights.

Smith has some choice words for the vandals. "I'd like to take the people who did this and drag them inside our employment training center and sit them next to people who don't have choices in life -- who would never do something like this. These are people who can choose to do the right thing or choose to do the wrong thing."

Opportunity Village provides serves mentally and physically disabled adults. It survives on grants and donations. Smith worries incidents like these will discourage people from donating.

Representatives with Opportunity Village say there is surveillance video of the parking lot, which they will be reviewing. The charity is waiting on an insurance adjuster to survey the damage, but they are still shocked and heartbroken someone would do this after what they've been through.

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