To the Editor: Museum reports theft

If being hit by COVID-19 and the forced closure of the China Lake Museum for 83 days wasn’t enough, on July 2nd the off-site storage for the Museum’s 20th Dinner Auction items was broken into and many items were stolen.

The thieves removed fence brackets from a locked chainlink fence and pulled the fence open, then pried a small bathroom window screen off and put someone through the window.

The stolen items had the museum’s itemized sheets attached so the thieves knew who they were stealing from. It’s a sad day for our community when Non-profit Organizations are targeted by thieves. Whatever happened to respecting another person’s property?

The museum board hopes that someone in the community may have information that they would be willing to share with the police department.

The annual Dinner-Auction is their major fundraiser of the year and is worked by many local volunteers. This fundraiser helps keep the museum’s doors open to the public, maintain exhibits and acquire new buildings as funds permit.

The China Lake Museum had to postpone the 2020 Dinner Auction due to COVID-19 and hopes to hold a dinner auction in spring of 2021. For information ask for Case No. 1895 with Ridgecrest Police Department.

Wayne Doucette, China Lake Museum

Story First Published: 2020-07-24