Wheeling Health Right broken into on day of annual Chef’s Auction

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Officials are investigating after an early morning break in at the Wheeling Health Right.

At approximately 4 a.m. Friday, a window to the office was reportedly smashed open, and a television was reportedly taken from the wall.

Officers with the Wheeling Police Department recovered a crowbar near the back door of the building. Officials say the suspect attempted to pry open the door with the crowbar.

Employees are now asking why.

“Anyone who would be looking for narcotics would be out of luck anyway,” said Wendy Tronka, Development Director at Wheeling Health Right.

According to Tronka, employees are heartbroken that this happened on the day of the Chef’s Auction, their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Tronka said that employees at the Wheeling Health Right will now have to use some of the funds from the Chef’s Auction to repair the damage to the building, rather than using the money for their patients.

“We raise upwards of $80,000 for our patients each year. Our goal this year was $100,000 because this was our 25th year for the event,” Tronka said.

The clinic uses those thousands to make sure that over 20,000 people get the health care they need.

“We use every penny of our budget to get the best for our patients and now part of that money is going to be used to get more security for our building, and we think that’s a shame,” said Tronka.

Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration arrived early Friday morning to help clean up, as well as board the window back up.

At this time, employees do not know how much the damages will cost, and police have no suspects.

“Sad and emotional,” said Tronka. “If you would like to help so we would not have to use funds, you can contact us at 304-233-9323.”

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