Hundreds of dollars stolen from Betsy Layne Senior Citizens Center

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BETSY LAYNE, Ky. (WYMT) - An overnight break-in at the Betsy Layne Senior Citizens Center caused them to cancel their Halloween activities and officials at the center say the thief got away with all of their money.

The Betsy Layne Senior Citizens Center is like a second home for many in the community. Ransom Meade says, "I come here every day it is open."

However, Thursday started differently than every other day for director, Nanetta Yates. "I came in the door I normally come in and when I first stepped in I noticed my office door was unlocked and I never leave my office unlocked," she explains.

Folks at the center say some one broke in the front window, made their way down the hall, and then broke into the office where all the money for the center is kept.

Yates says it is money that funds activities, daily meals, provides basic supplies, and also helps the seniors put on their annual Thanksgiving fundraiser of making and selling pumpkin rolls.

Sharlene Osborne says, "We work very very hard to save up to buy the ingredients to go in the rolls and then let somebody come in and take it...that is not good with me."

Yates says the break-in really hurt the seniors, "It makes them sad, it really saddens them....because they cleaned us out, we don't even have a penny here left now here in our general fund at the center."

All together, taking more than $500 and leaving behind 500 more in damage.

A reward for any information leading to an arrest is being offered. You are asked to contact the Kentucky State Police.

You can contact the center at (606) 478-9583 if you would like to donate to their general fund.

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