2016-01-26 / Front Page

GoFundMe fund replacing donation money stolen from Richmond library

Times Record Staff


A crowdfunding page has been set up and already topped its goal to help replace donations stolen by two young men from the Umberhine Library in Richmond last week.

According to Richmond Police Department’s Facebook page, on Jan. 20, “A couple of clowns thought it would be a good idea to case out the library and come up with a great idea of what they could steal.”

The post states, “They came in, helped them self to a can of soda (that we donated) walked around and left.”

SUSPECTS WHO STOLE the donation jar for Umberhine Library in Richmond last week, as seen from security camera footage. (Richmond Police via Facebook)SUSPECTS WHO STOLE the donation jar for Umberhine Library in Richmond last week, as seen from security camera footage. (Richmond Police via Facebook)Richmond police continue to search for suspects and have released some images to the public captured by security cameras at the library. 

According to police, the duo can be seen on security footage getting into a blue Toyota, then one suspect came back, swiped the library’s donation bottle and ran away. Police are asking for information from anyone who may have seen the suspects in the area of the library.

A GoFundMe page was created Monday by Missy Dore aiming to raise $500 for the library at www.gofundme.com/umberhine. By Tuesday morning $620 had been raised through 16 donations.

Dore writes that the library was burglarized last week: “A couple young men stole a soda and, unfortunately, the donation jug that was on the check-out counter. This is a disgraceful crime that does not fit with the community feeling Richmond has and the library helps uphold by being a major gathering place.

“In this time of need, I feel a strong pull to help somehow but I’m at a loss as to how to make a difference,” Dore wrote. “I’m hoping, as a community, we can pull together and raise back the stolen money so the library doesn’t suffer due to one or two people’s selfish act.”

A post on the library’s Facebook page on Saturday states: “I honestly never thought someone would stoop low enough to steal money from a little library that works really hard trying to stay within a budget that barely meets our expenses. Any little extra helps us do things such as the Lego Club, or having one of our tables refinished, or a few new DVD’s, etc. … Along with the money, our sense of security has disappeared and we will always be suspicious of strangers coming in.”

Housed many years in an old house that had to be torn down and then a temporary space on Main Street, Richmond’s new public library finally was built and opened in August 2014.  


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