Community helps Catoosa blue whale

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Updated: 4/06/2012 11:21 am
The community is coming to the aid of the blue whale.

FOX23 first told you about how thieves broke into the donation box at Route 66 landmark and stole $15 on Wednesday.

We were also there when a woman, who chose to remain anonymous, donated three cameras, worth nearly $300, for surveillance to the Blue Whale.

"We can cover this whole area," said Catoosa Police Chief Kevin McKim.

He assisted in showing volunteers where they can put surveillance cameras to catch thieves in the act.

"It will cover everything here we need to cover," he added.  

The park has been vandalized twice this year. With the new cameras Jennifer Edwards, Vice President of the Catoosa Arts and Tourism Society, hopes it will keep the thieves away. She’s grateful for the cameras.

"Blue has an angel," she said.

Chief McKim Agrees, he’s also working to get Edwards a few more surveillance cameras.

"It's very important to us. It's very important that we keep this area preserved and in a safe manner,” said McKim. “We take this kind of crime very seriously."

And so is the community. Willie turner, with Turner Wrecker Service, rebuilt the steel donation box with an even thicker latch to lock it.

"Things like this happen everybody goes together and they try to do what they can to make it better," he told FOX23.

They're hoping the surveillance cameras and reinforced steel can be enough to keep the thieves at bay.

"We just really appreciate that FOX23 loves blue as much as we do," said Edwards.

You can still help Blue by donating a surveillance system.

Edwards can be reached at Bluewhaleroute66.com.
 
If you have information on who might have vandalized the donation box you are asked to call the Catoosa police department at (918)-266-2424.
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