Thieves struck for a second time in two months at Medicine River Wildlife Centre.
Two computers that contained facility records were stolen from the reception area Friday at about 8:30 p.m., during business hours.
A backpack belonging to one of the summer student interns was also taken.
“They just grab whatever they can get, and unfortunately, this time, they grabbed things that were a little more personal,” said executive director Carol Kelly on Wednesday.
Interns were nearby feeding wildlife in outside pens at the time of the theft.
During the last weekend of April, about $10,000 worth of items, including tools, a safe and car keys, were stolen during a break-in.
“Unfortunately, this time, they took information. Our computers were 10 years old and probably worth $1.50 each. But they had our day-to-day operation stuff on it.”
She said photos of some past volunteers were also on one of the computers, and an old wooden tool box Kelly’s husband made 30 years ago was also taken. Both had sentimental value, but no retail value.
Charities, churches and community halls seem to be a common target of theft, said Kelly.
“It’s not just us. The community now is all on edge. We’re working with the police. We’re working with the rural crime watch people.
“We are trying to solve the situation and work with the community.”
Kelly is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to a conviction.
“Somebody out there has to know what’s going on, who’s doing it. I’m hoping they will be enticed by a little money.”
She said the crimes are frustrating, incredibly inconvenient and cost the centre time and effort. But staff refuse to feel like victims.
“We will move forward and not be afraid,” said Kelly.