400 used bulletproof vests bound for Ukraine are stolen in NYC

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Hundreds of donated body armor en route to Ukraine to protect the fighters from the Russian invasion were stolen from a nonprofit office in New York City, police said Wednesday.

The tactical vests, which were donated by local police, were taken from a building on Second Avenue that houses two Ukrainian organizations sometime during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, the New York Post reported.

The theft was discovered around 9 a.m. Wednesday. “About 400 body armor” was stolen, NYPD Sergeant Edward Riley said.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office made a large donation of vests last week.

“It is despicable that someone would break into a building to steal supplies and materials intended to help those affected by this humanitarian crisis,” Vicki DiStefano, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office told WABC.

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Surveillance footage shows three vans stopping in front of the building that houses America’s Ukrainian Congressional Committee and Ukraine’s National Women’s League

Pictured: Security footage from a nearby store shows another man and van involved in the overnight robbery of about 400 body armor between Tuesday and Wednesday

Pictured: Security footage from a nearby store shows another man and van involved in the overnight robbery of about 400 body armor between Tuesday and Wednesday

Several hooded men are then seen carrying boxes, believed to contain the vests, and loading them into the vehicles

Several hooded men are then seen carrying boxes, believed to contain the vests, and loading them into the vehicles

Several of the tactical vests stolen between Tuesday and Wednesday were destined for Ukraine to help against the Russian invasion

Pictured: One of the hooded suspects wanted for stealing tactical vests intended for Ukraine between Tuesday and Wednesday

Some of the remaining tactical vests were destined for Ukraine to help against the Russian invasion. One of the suspects, right, exits a van after loading it with stolen vests

The tactical vests, which were donated by local law enforcement officers, were taken from America's Ukrainian Congressional Committee, pictured

The tactical vests, which were donated by local law enforcement officers, were taken from America’s Ukrainian Congressional Committee, pictured

Surveillance footage shows three vans stopping in front of the building, which houses the United States’ Ukrainian Congressional Committee and the Ukrainian National Women’s League. Several hooded men are then seen carrying boxes, believed to contain the vests, and loading them into the vehicles, WNBC-TV reported.

Police say the thieves probably entered through the front door.

The dismantled fortresses were on their way to Ukraine, where they are said to have helped Ukrainian troops fight the ongoing Russian invasion.

SCSO donated vests that had been used for five years, but officials said they were still useful enough to provide protection in the war.

The plan was to air the donated vests to Poland and then to Ukraine, Andrij Dobriansky, a spokesman for the UCCA said last week.

They would be used by civilian security and medical teams, officials said, not the military.

Police are investigating the door believed to have been used to access the tactical vests

Police are investigating the door believed to have been used to access the tactical vests

The vests, pictured, were used by the sheriff's office and dismantled after five years of use, but officials said they are still useful enough to provide protection in warfare

The vests, pictured, were used by the sheriff’s office and dismantled after five years of use, but officials said they are still useful enough to provide protection in warfare

Pictured: Boxes of tactical vests, intended to be sent to support Ukraine's war effort against Russia, before being stolen from lower Manhattan earlier this week

Pictured: Boxes of tactical vests, intended to be sent to support Ukraine’s war effort against Russia, before being stolen from lower Manhattan earlier this week

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine tweeted an effort to raise money to replace the stolen vests

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine tweeted an effort to raise money to replace the stolen vests

Dobriansky said the theft couldn’t have come at a worse time for Ukrainians, who already feel powerless during the invasion.

“People in our community are praying in church right now, or everyone feels powerless. They don’t have any power now, and then this happens, and that definitely affects people,” Dobriansky said.

Meanwhile, Manhattan president Mark Levine tweeted an effort to raise money to replace the stolen vests.

400 body armor about to be sent to Ukraine have just been stolen from a Ukrainian community center on the Lower East Side. Disgusting,” Levine tweeted.

NYPD investigation. Let’s help @UkrCongComAm raise money to replace it.”

Levine has a . added Mighty Cause link in his tweet, who had already raised $544,515 to replace the stolen vests as of Thursday.

No arrests had been made as of Thursday.

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