AVON — Police here are investigating a burglary of Susie's Place that happened over the holidays.
Susie's Place is a child advocacy center where staff members conduct forensic interviews with children to investigate abuse allegations. Since opening in April 2009 the facility has been utilized by numerous law enforcement agencies and county Department of Child Services organizations, and coordinated cases with four other states.
Officials with the Avon Police Department reported being dispatched to Susie's Place about 8:30 p.m. Christmas Day. Emily Perry, director of the organization, told investigators she had come to the office to complete payroll when she noticed several offices, including hers, had been ransacked.
Police say electronics including laptops and an Aleratec tower DVD burner were stolen from Susie's Place. Perry also said $100 in cash was taken from a safe.
Neighboring business Retirement Housing Foundation also was reportedly burglarized. Police say the thief or thieves made off with computers, digital cameras, memory cards, cash, and even a bottle of wine from there. The total loss to both offices is estimated at $8,500.
Det. Brian Nugent of the Avon Police Department said they currently have no leads on who was behind the break-in, and they're still gathering forensic evidence. Someone working at Retirement Housing Foundation left the office at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. No one else was reported back in the building until Perry arrived on Christmas evening. Police believe the robbery occurred sometime in the overnight hours of Christmas Eve into Christmas Day.
At this point Nugent doesn't believe Susie's Place was targeted because of its work. There was no vandalism on top of the thefts.
"I think it most likely was someone or some people looking for valuables like electronics," he said. "Blinds were left open on some of the windows. Anybody on foot could've walked up and seen what was in the office."