DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Victory Project is an after-school program for boy ages 12 to 18. It’s an organization that relies heavily on it’s van to transport kids to and from school.
2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen spoke to the founder Monnie Bush, who says he was disappointed to learn what happened.
It was just yesterday morning, when Monnie Bush said he walked into the office and noticed the van wasn’t there.
“Sometimes we use the van pretty much every day, but when I came in and found both of our staff also here I asked ‘Hey, who’s got the van?’ and they looked at me and said ‘I thought you had it’ and I said ‘No, I don’t have it’,” Bush said. “So we immediately went to the surviellance video.”
In the video, you can see three guys approach the van and get inside. You can see them fumble around with flashlights for a few minutes and then they eventually drive way. Bush says it wasn’t the best news to come back to after the holiday.
“We’re really just disappointed because it’s our main form of transportation for our students,” Bush said. “We work with a lot of court-involved and dis-engaged youth and everytime I see a crime happen, even when it’s against us, it just reminds me there’s so much need in the community.”
And Bush is hoping to fill that need with Project Victory–an organization he started six years ago after more than a decade of being a police officer. Bush say he hopes the theft will send a message to his students that your actions can have a major impact on those around you.
“What looks like a simple theft of property really is a disruption to a whole environments, and whole families and whole businesses. So we’re really hoping that these guys take this home and say you know,” Bush said. “I don’t know what I’m when I grow up but I’m not going to be like these guys.”
Bush explain how much the theft has cost his organization.
“It’ll probably run us, we have insurance so we’ll have insurance coverage, but just from the deductible and rental and getting it re-rapped, we’re talking thousands and thousands of dollars.”
Bush is in the process of working with police to help find the thieves. In the meantime, he says they’re be renting a van. He says it could be months before they’re able to buy a new one.