SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A bus that was used to help those in need has been parked after vandals damaged it over the weekend.
According to the Salisbury Police, someone got inside of the Salvation Army bus while it was parked at the office on Bringle Ferry Road.
On Saturday morning Salvation Army youth leader Melissa Cline arrived at the corps building to get the bus in order to transport teens to a weekend youth camp at the Salvation Army camp in Davidson County.
When Cline arrived, she discovered that the bus had been damaged to the point that it could not be used.
The bus sustained damage to the electrical wires, panels, and windows, along with the radiator and steering column.
There was also profanity written on the inside wall of the bus.
The vandalism occurred sometime between noon on Friday and Saturday morning at 9:00 am.
This bus was not only used for youth and church activities Monday through Friday, but also used to pick up local food donations that are given to those in need from area Food Lion stores.
According to a news release from the Salvation Army, the cost to meet the deductible to repair the bus will come from "our already strained budget,, meaning money that could of gone to help with electric bills, fuel for the bus and to fund our social services will take a hit."
"The Salvation Army will continue to meet the needs of our neighbors here in Rowan County while getting the bus back in operation by utilizing our Thrift Store truck for food pick-ups," the release said. "We will have to cut into our donation pick-ups for the Family Store and that will hurt us fiscally."
"We will not allow the selfish act of evil people to hurt those already hurting in our community, and The Salvation Army Salisbury Corps will continue to help those in need and put the donations and resources provided by neighbors who care to the most good," the release said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333, or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.
Tips may be submitted online: http://tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org/