WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Winston-Salem foster family is recovering from a home break-in Wednesday.
The Flynts returned to their home on Union Cross Road to find their home ransacked, their electronics gone and money stolen.
“It kind of makes you feel violated,” said Kristin Flynt. “They come into your home and your personal space and mess with everything that you worked hard to get.”
One of the most painful losses, the money that 17-year old Shauna had saved for a year-long arts program with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Shauna is not part of the foster care system but is someone the Flynts took in after meeting her through church.
“She's been saving it and saving it and saving it,” said Flynt. “We were going to deposit it Monday because she gets the bulk of her money on the weekend and we came home to this.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the teenager reach her goal for tuition. A family friend has put up the first $100 to help get the fund started.
The Flynts said some of the money they lost was meant for car repairs. They hope this burglary doesn’t cost them the opportunity to help the two foster children they currently have and others in the future.
“These foster kids they’ve seen enough, they've been hurt enough and we're just trying to do everything possible to get them through this,” said Allen Flynt.
Allen said their home has been targeted before with tools and other outdoor equipment taken from outside the home but this is the first time someone has come inside.
The Flynts said they feel like burglaries have spiked in their neighborhood. The family lives in Winston-Salem but near the city limits. FOX8 checked with Winston-Salem police who said their statistics don’t show a pattern of burglaries in southeastern Winston-Salem but couldn’t speak for nearby areas like Davidson County.
A crime map search of home break-ins found 47 reports since the beginning of June within five miles of Union Cross Road.