The Francis Gregory Library opened its doors to the public in southeast Washington on June 19.
Just one week later, five people broke into the brand new facility on Alabama Avenue and stole several pieces of computer equipment, according to D.C. Police.
The incident was caught on surveillance video, which police have publicized in order to to help identify those who smashed the new library's window and swiped the new computers.
Watch the video below:
The blog of record in the area, Congress Heights on the Rise, was furious after watching the video and posted the following:
The library hasn't even been open a week and these numbskulls decided that STEALING from the community was a better idea than GIVING to the community. More than likely the THIEVES live in or near the same community that they stole from -- WHAT SENSE DOES THAT MAKE? If you have time to prepare for a robbery then you have time to get a J-O-B. I really have no sympathy for this type of foolishness. People who want to better themselves do not take from others. ... We don't roll like this east of the river.
The incident happened June 26. Anyone with information should call police at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department's Text tip line by text messaging 50411.