‘Thieves took my hope’

2015-06-30 06:00
Little Dolphins crèche principal Lynn Hendricks says thieves left her cupboards empty after a recent burglary.

Tiyese Jeranji

Little Dolphins crèche principal Lynn Hendricks says thieves left her cupboards empty after a recent burglary. PHOTO: Tiyese Jeranji

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The principal of Little Dolphins crèche in Factreton has decided to pack up and leave the building she has been using for the past six years following a recent break-in at the crèche.

Lynn Hendricks says this is the fifth time the crèche has been broken into and this time the thieves stole all the valuables – from her computer, food, mattress, kettles, pots to the children’s toys. She sees no point in continuing her service there because the thieves keep on stealing the most important things that the children need.

She says the items stolen in the last burglary are worth more than R45 000 and there is nothing that she can do as she won’t be able to replace it from her own pocket. There is no way she is going back as the place is a danger to the children.

Hendricks, who has been in the crèche business for more than 28 years, says what happened left her hopeless.

“I’m so angry and heartbroken because kids struggle due to these break-ins. There is no way I’m going back there. They took all the valuables and it’s impossible to have children there again.

“I wonder what kind of a person would do such a terrible thing. This is for their children but they don’t seem to care. I don’t know where to start cleaning because the burglary just left me heartbroken and helpless,” she says.

Despite what happened, parents who still need to go to work have dropped their children at Hendricks’s home. She says at the moment she has to use her lounge to look after the children. However, her place is not big enough for the 45 children that she looks after. Her wish is to build a proper crèche at her home.

“I’m planning to keep them here so I that I can watch over everything, but that seems impossible. I need to build but I don’t have the money. The place here is small. They don’t have the freedom to play around and sleep properly.

“It breaks my heart when I think of what happened. The burglaries are just too much and nothing is being done despite the thieves being caught,” she adds.

Hendricks adds that in once instance she saw a thief stealing from her crèche and called the police, but they did nothing despite the police finding the thief on the premises.

“They let him go just like that. They say they can’t arrest him, there is no evidence. What more evidence do they need? He had the stolen goods in his hands but the cops just let him go like that. This time around I just don’t know how we are going to deal with this. The burglaries are just too much and the police are not doing much to help us,” she says.

A parent, Marlene Daniels (41), says it’s so bad that Hendricks is trying so hard but the burglaries are crippling the crèche.

“People don’t get it. This is the future of our kids. We are asking the police to help her a lot. The things that are stolen are sold around here and we want cops to go search because we know the culprits. The justice system is failing us because no matter what we do the perpetrators never get arrested and they continue to cause more problems in our community,” says Daniels.

Hendricks is now in need of donations of any kind to keep her business going after the burglary. She also want help with building materials to build a new crèche. Those who want to donate can call her on 076 835 9331.

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