Crooks Target Buses For The Elderly

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

A non-profit organization in Colorado Springs is out $1,000 thanks to some greedy crooks.

The thieves apparently stole gas from buses that get seniors around town.

The crooks forced their way into the parking lot of Silver Key Senior Services either Wednesday night or Thursday morning and got away with 30 gallons of gasoline, and did some damage along the way.

"They cut through our fence and cut the filler tubes into our gas tanks," said Paul Koch, who is with Silver Key Senior Services.

The bad guys didn't do it the traditional way. The crooks decided to get their hands on the underbelly of six of their 18 buses and cut their way to the gasoline. "It's difficult for us to stomach that," said Koch. The fence repair will cost $200 and each of the six buses will cost $150.

They got away with something that doesn't belong to them. "They're hurting me," said Elva Boone, a senior who relies on the Silver Key bus system.

"This is our transportation, period. It's how we get to the doctors, to the grocery store and to the post office," said Boone.

It's an act that disrupted the lives of dozens of seniors. "We were late and upset and very, very angry," said Boone.

Silver Key gives more than 250 lifts a day. Fuel fill-ups are paid in large by city contracts and donations from seniors. Koch says a new security system is a possibility. "It's something we're going to have to consider given that this is the 4TH hit in three years," said Koch.

"For somebody to do this, there's something wrong with their head," said Boone.

Silver Key says they have spoken to other businesses in the area. "We're certainly are not the only one in the neighborhood to have experienced this," said Koch.

If you know anything call Crimestoppers at 634-STOP.

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