$9,000 in Tools Stolen from Wyandotte Jaycees' Haunted House

Volunteers with the organization say the show will still go on, with a planned opening on Oct. 4.

While the doors haven't even opened to the public yet, someone managed to break into the Wyandotte Jaycees' haunted house on Tuesday night, getting away with about $9,000 of tools.

The tools belonged to Jaycees' members who donate their time and equipment to turn a city building into a frightful attraction each year.

"This is not stealing from the Jaycees as an organization, this is stealing from all the hardworking men and women that come here and volunteer their time," Jaycees member Nadia Brunt told WJBK-TV.

The thief kicked in the front door of the haunted house to gain entry, as well as smashed the windows of an adjacent storage warehouse. Tools, wiring and other items were reported stolen.

Jaycees volunteer Ryan Cunningham posted a message on Facebook to the thief.

"We have been working diligently for over a month to provide a form of entertainment to the community," he wrote. "You in no way will stop us, but you have made it harder to deliver the service we provide every year. The only hope I have is that karma catches up with you."

Despite the setback, volunteers said they remain dedicated to opening the haunted house, 1096 Biddle, as planned on Oct. 4. Money raised from the event goes back into the Jaycees' many community service projects.

The haunted house, named Nightmare Sanctum, will be open Oct. 4-7, 11-14, 18-21 and 25-30. Hours are from 7 to 10 p.m., except for Fridays and Saturdays, which go through midnight. The cost is $12 per person. Cash and credit are accepted.

The Jaycees partner with the city of Wyandotte on its haunted house. The city provides the Jaycees with a building that's set to be demolished. The Jaycees come in, transform the building into a haunted house during October, and return the building to the city afterward.

This year's haunted house is in the building that formerly housed Fronczak's Garage. In years past, the Jaycees have converted a former biker clubhouse, the former Wyandotte Police Department, the former Wyandotte Theater and several residential homes into a haunted house.

For more information, call 734-288-7024 or check out the Jaycees' website.

David Justice September 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Thief's have no conscious and do not care if they are taking from those who volunteer there time and effort. Lets hope they will get caught and pay the price!!!!
laura young September 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Sorry to hear this. I'm glad to hear that the project is moving forward. Area families look forward to this every year. Hope they get caught!
Just Sayin! September 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM
To those who lost their tools to this loser/s, Keep your eye's peeled to craigslist for these items to sell, most crooks are stupid in this way and is how they get caught trying to sell the stolen items. they didnt just steal material items, they stole someones means to their livelyhood Losers!!!!... My family appreciates the Jaycee's and looking forward to getting the beegeebees scared out of me @ the Nightmare Sanctum next month.
Peter Rose September 28, 2012 at 05:51 PM
So infuriating. You guys do so much good - - - it makes everyone that appreciates you feel sick. Maybe there will be a break...
TT September 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Time to pull together as a community and help right this wrong! If you're able, please donate tools or money to The Wyandotte Jaycees. For more information, call 734-288-7024 or check out the Jaycees' website. PLEASE SHARE!


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