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Thieves Swipe AC Unit, Forcing Henrico Special Needs Camp to Close

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Thieves stole the AC unit from RAIN special needs camp in Henrico, forcing it to shut down. Thieves stole the AC unit from RAIN special needs camp in Henrico, forcing it to shut down.
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - On the hottest day of the year, a special needs camp was forced to shut its doors and remained closed Wednesday: nameless thieves stole its air conditioning unit.

The crime happened at the Richmond Autism Integration Network (RAIN) Building on Gaskins Road in Henrico. It's a summer camp for kids with autism, and was supposed to be filled with 40 children on Wednesday.

Instead, "Camp Free2BMe" sits empty after thieves swiped the building's air conditioning unit Monday night.

"Oh great, now what are we going to do?" was the first though that entered RAIN Executive Director Robin Davis' mind  when she learned of the crime.

Davis says kids showed up as they normally do on Tuesday morning--the hottest day of the year so far--but it soon became clear that something was wrong.

"All the kids started complaining that they were hot," Davis recalls.

When the camp director went to check the HVAC unity, it had vanished. Camp had to be cut short and parents scrambled to come pick up their children.

"It definitely caused a lot of kids that depend on our program, a lot of families and us a huge inconvenience," says Davis.

The organization is now trying to figure out how to pay for a new unity. Already in tight financial strains, they're losing money every day that camp is closed. If temperatures continue to soar, they'll be shut down even longer.

While they grapple with this unexpected and unfortunate dilemma, Davis wants to send a message to the thieves:

"There's got to be a better way." 

Henrico Police are investigating the incident; 8News will bring you updates on air and online as they become available.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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