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Missoula nonprofit worries about possible scams after break-in

Published On: Aug 19 2013 06:10:27 PM MDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2013 08:46:07 PM MDT

Employees of a Missoula nonprofit walked in to a mess Monday morning after their office had been broken into.

Hospice Care Foundation CEO Kevi Berger was shocked to find a mess when she went to unlock the office around 7 a.m. “I was terrified,” she said.

What she found was a busted door, the lock on the ground, desk drawers rifled through and a company laptop gone.

“There are three other companies here on this floor and ours was the only one,” Berger said.

It's a mystery why the thieves picked the Hospice Care Foundation office at the end of the hall on the second floor of a downtown building, and how they got in the building at all.

“When I got here the front door and the back door were both locked so our concern is when people left yesterday somebody was left in the building.”

But somehow they managed to take the computer. On it names of people who've donated to the nonprofit that raises money for grants and community education programs for hospice providers in Missoula and around western Montana. Berger said credit card info is protected but some names may not be, so she’s asking donors to be cautious.

“Please don't give out any information, don't give them a credit card,” she said. “We're not going to be calling them and talking to them in the next couple days asking for anything so we just want to make sure that people are aware of that.”

In addition the laptop contained information like email lists, ticket sales, and event plans for a fundraiser scheduled next month. Berger said it will set them back.

“We have to redo everything that's not on one of the other computers. It will be at least a couple three days if not more.”

In the meantime Berger and other Hospice Care Foundation employees will take some extra precautions.

“Something like this kind of rocks your world and makes you kind of rethink what your priorities are and really rethink safety,” Berger said.

Missoula Police are investigating the incident.