(Update at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 9:Click here for new information about efforts to help the agency pay for the damage done to its office.)
Let's start our day with a feel-good story:
The burglar (or burglars) who broke into the offices of the San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sexual Assault Services on July 31 and stole several computers and monitors apparently had a change of heart after finding out that the people at the agency help victims of sexual violence.
"We had no idea what we were takeing. Here your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples live. God bless."
Candy Stallings, the center's director, thinks she knows who spread the word that led to the stolen goods' return. After the burglary, police talked with homeless people in the area around the center's offices — "explaining what our facility does and the services we provide to the community," she says. Stallings believes those homeless people then told others.
The agency says on its website that it is thankful for the "outpouring of support." It also says it's been having trouble with its online donation tab. So it has set up a new page for online donations here. As Friday dawned, about $1,870 of the agency's $10,000 goal had been raised.