Three suspects arrested so far in the theft of items to be auctioned at Uta Halee Home for Girls. Douglas County Sheriff's investigators are continuing the investigation and more arrests are possible. so far stereo equipment has been recovered. The search continues for more stolen items.
Tuesday marked the final chapter in the closing of Uta Halee Home for Girls. It was day one of a two day complete liquidation auction.
The home was one of the last remaining centers that specialized in treating girls with mental health and substance abuse issues.
However, in the overnight hours, thieves hit the campus and stole from the home, as well as Auction Solutions.
“I went to Wal-Mart at 4 o'clock this morning, replaced all my computers and everything that I could so that we can have an auction,” Shayne Fili, the Chief Executive Officer of Auction Solutions said. Auction Solutions is the compnay in charge of selling off the entire estate.
“They cleaned out my whole office of computers, they took my laptops, and they took my credit card machines, everything that I needed to conduct an auction,” Fili said.
Fili told Channel Six News in the overnight hours, thieves stole two sets of eight walkie-talkies, three laptops, computer mice, cameras used for snapping bidders’ photos, three credit card processing machines leased from 1st National Bank, a projector and other equipment from Auction Solutions.
According to Fili, thieves also stole six 50 inch TVs, computers, and projectors from the home. The auction services owner said the building is armed with 15 surveillance cameras that were running during the apparent thefts. They hope to release the images from those cameras as soon as possible.
Organizers pushed ahead Monday.
“They did so much good work for so many young women, for a lot of years, it's very sad to see that program come to a close," Fili said. "Our goal here today is to raise as much money for Uta Halee as we can.”
“To close as the only school for mentally challenged kids, it's unfortunate,” John Isbilir, an auction observer said.
Isbilir was going to send his 16-year-old step-daughter to the home to receive treatment and care for her mental illness.
“She is at home with us, you know, we have to deal with her because we simply can't find anyplace,” Isbilir said.
One-by-one, each item auctioned off to the highest bidder. From the chairs they sat in, to treadmills. There was a deal to be had. That's what brought out Nancy Bobkovas and her family.
“We just basically need to get a lay of the land, see how it works," Bobkovas said. "It's our first auction so I don't want to be doing anything goofy like I would raise my hand and walk away with something you don't need.”
Wednesday, the family makes their move. They'll hope for the best.
“If we could get our gas golf cart, at a cheap price and take it to our cabin, the best it would be,” Bobkovas said.