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Thieves Hit Daycare Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– As if tornado damage and a gas explosion last year wasn’t enough for a local daycare to worry about, now they are dealing with thieves.

Trees planted in the side yard of Square One’s Early Childhood Development Center on King Street were stolen Wednesday and Thursday nights. They had been donated by the local community and volunteers helped plant them last year but somebody dug them up and stole all seven of them leaving the dead plant behind.

Phyllis Richard a teacher at the school said, “People are desperate. Instead of buying them, they decided to help themselves and destroy our property and it’s a shame. It really is.”

The only thing left now? Empty holes and unanswered questions. Even the little kids know something is different and are asking where the trees went, she explains.

They say the “bad guys” took them.

Square One’s Vice President Kimberley Lee has just one request.

“They can return them. They came in the middle of the night and took them. They can come in the middle of the night and return them.”

She adds, “We will have to replace each and every one of them. They’re not inexpensive.”

The school is looking in its budget to see if it can even afford to replace the trees.

If you saw any disturbance at the 255 King Street location or have any further information, contact local police. If you’d like to donate trees for the school, reach out to Kimberley Lee at (413) 858-3108.

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