Knights of Columbus safe stolen in Brooklyn

March 31, 2011 8:25:42 PM PDT
Police in Brooklyn are searching for the burglars who stole a safe at the Knights of Columbus in Gerritsen Beach.

"You can see we've already had the window replaced with bars," said Anthony D'Agosta, of the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors.

Anthony D'Agosta couldn't believe his eyes Thursday morning.

Thieves had broken into the Knights of Columbus building overnight.

They got away with thousands of dollars raised for charity.

"They broke the lock on the window and pushed it in, then came in here and fell over the table because the table was lying down," D'Agosta said.

Nearly $10,000 in cash, cameras, and a computer were taken from the Catholic Fraternal Benefits Organization in Gerritsen Beach.

"The safe was behind the bar, very simply, they went behind the bar and put it on a hand truck and rolled it right out of the bar," D'Agosta said.

They destroyed the alarm system and then ransacked the office.

"They obviously didn't know the code so they just ripped it off and then pulled down the wires which pulled down the ceiling," D'Agosta said.

The 400 members donate to local charities, like little leagues, churches, schools and causes by holding raffles and social events.

"People worked really hard. It's just shameless that someone would do this to a place known for fundraising and charity," said Mel Hidalgo, a Knights of Columbus member.

The Raymond A. Loughran Pool Tournament Fundraisers will be held on April 9th and 16th to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

For more information contact:

Knights of Columbus
2882 Gerritsen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229