Memorial for Kaylee Wacht marred by vehicle break-ins at VFW

Friends and family attending a memorial fundraising event to help the family of Dryden 6th-grader Kaylee Wacht at the VFW found several cars had been broken into, says the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department. They’re looking for info.

Kaylee Wacht, who died last Sunday.

Kaylee Wacht, who died last Sunday.

“Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating these break-ins and are asking the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals who broke into these vehicles, stealing the contents inside,” according to a media release, after they say they took “several reports of vehicle break-ins” on Tuesday.

The Dryden VFW, at 2272 Dryden Road between the Village of Lansing and the Village of Dryden, was hosting a celebration of the life of Kaylee Wacht, an 11-year-old Dryden student from the Village of Freeville killed when she was struck by a pickup truck on December 4th. A 14-year-old girl, Kristin Shevalier, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. State Police say no charges were pending or anticipated against the driver of the truck.

Over $10,000 to help with funeral expenses was raised in about a week via a GoFundMe campaign. The Dryden Central School District also hosted a celebration of Kaylee’s life in the MS-HS Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.

If you have any information that might help investigators looking into the vehicle break-ins at the VFW, please call the Tompkins County Sheriff Department tip line at 607-266-5420.

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