Looters target Florida Dance Theatre in Lakeland

Photo courtesy of Jane Bell.

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) —  At a time when many are cleaning up after Hurricane Irma, some are dealing with even worse.

Photo courtesy of Jane Bell.

In the midst of Irma, looters broke into the Florida Dance Theatre in Lakeland and left a mess behind.

The unknown suspects broke through a glass door in the back of the studio, located on Main Street in Lakeland.

Once inside, they damaged the dance floor and props as they made their way to a second floor office and helped themselves to a safe inside.

Spokesperson Jane Bell said the building has thousands of dollars in damage because the vandals left the building open to the elements when Irma rolled through.

“It’s heartbreaking and you have to wonder why,” Bell said.

Bell at first worried the nonprofit would have to cancel their upcoming 24th season because of the blow, but the community has stepped in to help by donating money.

The vandals also broke into the “All American Gym” located in the same building as the studio. They broke into the office of the gym, although it is unclear if anything was stolen.

If you would like to help the Florida Dance Theatre, you can click here.

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