Shattered glass still lingers on the floor of a Modesto parking lot.
At Seasons Catering, hundreds gathered Friday night for the Modesto Police Canine Association fundraiser crab feed. But what was supposed to be a night of support quickly turned to disappointment.
One of the six dog handlers walked to their car and found their window broken — and found that between $5,000 and $6,0000 in cash and checks raised from the event had been stolen.
“The money that is raised from this goes to support our dogs, retired dogs. It goes to provide for the medical care for the dogs after they retire,” said association treasury president, Daniel Starr. “Canine’s are amazing animals and they can do the work of officers. They can get officers back into service quicker so they can respond to calls of service from citizens.”
For officer Starr, the loss is even greater.
About a month ago, Starr was made treasury president — and Friday’s fundraiser was considered a sort of training.
“We have a great citizen base that supports us deeply and I do not want this to affect that,” said Starr.
Officers did patrol the lot by car and foot, but without any marked police cars visible officers say the burglars may not have known who they were stealing from.
“I do not know if it was targeted or not. I believe it was the only vehicle broken into in the lot. It seems like a coincidence to me,” said Starr.
Police say there were security cameras in the lot which they are currently reviewing. They are urging anyone who sent them a check to contact Modesto Police.