Thieves vandalize Longshore Union Hall

2012-04-12T20:05:00Z 2012-05-10T18:15:12Z Thieves vandalize Longshore Union HallBy Natalie St. John / The Daily News Longview Daily News
April 12, 2012 8:05 pm  • 

Burglars broke into the Longshore Union Hall late Monday night, making off with cash and computers, vandalizing the facility, and causing thousands of dollars in damage to the hall.

An ILWU dispatcher called police early Tuesday, reporting "significant theft and damage."

Investigators are still trying to determine how the thieves got in. Union spokesperson Dan Coffman said there were no signs of forced entry. But an employee who is responsible for securing the facility said he was sure the doors were locked, Coffman said.

"Once they got inside, you could see where they forcefully kicked in doors," Coffman said.

They used red spray paint to scrawl slurs on walls, tables and a trophy case, using offensive language including "ILWU Fags" and "Scabs".

Three computers were stolen. They were later found in a nearby dumpster, Coffman said. Two of the three were still in usable condition.

Thieves also broke into a safe, taking blank checks, credit cards, ledgers, payroll and unemployment paperwork, and "a large amount of cash" that had recently been collected from dues, initiation fees, and the sale of union-themed items, Coffman said.

The loss of cash was disappointing, Coffman said, because a portion of the money had been raised for charity causes.

Coffman said some of the items stolen, such as payroll checks and ledgers, contained personal information.

"There's certain people that probably did get their identities compromised," he said.

Coffman said the union will re-examine its security procedures and protocols for storing sensitive information.

"There's just certain things we're going to have to take a look at, and do differently," he said.

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