ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thousands of dollars seized from a South Albany convenience store, shut down for illegal drug and lottery crimes, will now be used to help the community.
The Albany Police and their Gang Unit donated money seized from shutting down the Haley Food Mart in November.
They donated to five Albany non profit organizations.
"Having this come from the police department means a lot to us, because we are looking to work more closely with them," said Albany Boys and Girls Club Director Marvin Laster.
Albany Police Chief Michael Persley gave checks, for about $2,000 each, to The Boys and Girls Club, Girls Incorporated, The Liberty House, Mission Change, and the SOWEGA Council on Aging.
"You always like to get donations, especially from our people who protect us," said SOWEGA Council On Aging Executive Director Kay Hind.
Chief Persley said his department is glad to give the funds as an investment to help many people across the community.