American Legion Post Ransacked, Burglarized

An American Legion post on Man O’ War Place in Lexington does so much for veterans, and the community, needs some help itself after being victimized by a crime.

It was like a normal morning for the Legion’s cleaning crew Friday. The crew came to the building between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., but found the front door already unlocked.

When the crew got inside, they found interior doors broken and the place ransacked.

"When you get a call that early, it’s not good news,” Post Commander Ron Wash said. "I really didn’t have much going through my head. I just came over here to see what was going on."

Wash said the ransacking appeared to be weird though, it wasn’t through the entire building.

“It’s my feeling that it [was] somebody pretty close to this place,” Wash said.

Wash said the burglar knew exactly where the money was inside. They broke into lockers where employees kept pull-tabs and an office where money was kept.

"We lost a right nice piece of change there,” Wash said.

Wash told ABC 36 News that the legion had security cameras that record to a central recorder, but it appeared that the burglar knew where that was too.

Wash said the burglary broke into that storage room, unplugged all the cameras and connector cables and took any possible clues of who they were out the front door.

"We have to give back 80-percent of veteran’s organizations and that is what we are here for," past Post Commander Charlie McCall said. "This is going to set us back, but we’ll be alright."

"Disappointment, of course, that someone would do this to a non-profit organization. You know,” Wash said.

Lexington Police tell ABC 36 News that they are still searching for clues and ask the community if they have any information to call them at (859) 258-3600.

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