Children Believed to Be Responsible for Robbery

October 10, 2011 Updated Oct 10, 2011 at 8:43 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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October 10, 2011 Updated Oct 10, 2011 at 8:43 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- Buffalo Police are investigating a Friday night robbery at Hearts Thrift Shop on Tonawanda Street. The shop is operated by Hearts for the Homeless of Western New York, an organization that has been serving the less fortunate in the community for more than 20 years. Group leaders say what's even more disturbing than the robbery is the age of these thieves, believed to be around 8 -14 years old. Buffalo Police say the juveniles entered the store around midnight on Friday and made off with clothing items, a candy machine and cash.

"They broke through a second floor window, spent some time up stairs rummaging through shirts and other things we had up there for the homeless. Then made there way down to the store," said Nicholas Calandra of the Hearts for the Homeless of WNY.

Calandra says money raised at the thrift shop directly supports efforts to feed the homeless 5 nights a week in Downtown Buffalo. The group says the thieves caused about $2,000 in damage. Anyone with information is asked to call the Buffalo Police Confidential Tip Call Line at 716-847-2255.