When staff at the FYI Center in Fairbury arrived at work Wednesday morning, they found piles of broken glass from a brick that was tossed through the back door of the facility that helps to serve the youth of Jefferson County. This is the second break in the FYI Center has seen in the past year.
Collena Laschansky, Director of the FYI Center, explained that no items were taken during the break in.
“We came in and we didn’t even notice that there was anything wrong,” said Laschansky. “There was no indication that anything had happened until we saw that the double doors to the rec room in the back were slightly open. When we went back there, there was glass everywhere.”
According to Laschansky, the perpetrators tossed a brick through the glass door and entered the facility. She believes they were searching for money.
“There’s really nothing here that anyone would want to take,” Laschansky said. “All of our equipment is really old, and it was all donated from people in the community. They must’ve been looking for cash because, we have volunteers working on the rec room, and there are a lot of tools just sitting there. The tools weren’t even touched. They didn’t just throw the brick and go. They actually came into the building. Absolutely nothing was taken.”
Laschansky emphasized that since the center is dedicated to serving young people, they don’t have cash on the premises. Last time a break in occurred at the center, people in the community banded together to pay for the cost of a new door. This time, Laschansky emphasized, they will install a metal door to prevent break ins from happening.
“It’s just sad,” said Laschansky. “We just can’t keep having these break ins, and the metal door will be much more of a deterrent. Sometimes it just feels like it’s one step forward and two steps back. To me, it has to be people that don’t understand this is a youth center. There’s no money here! I just don’t know why people do this.”
(Photos Contributed By Collena Laschansky)