Weekly The Generation, Year 1, Issue 16
December 19, 2023
A Staten Island boxing club that has been the heart of the community was recently burglarized, leaving kids to practice with the bare minimum. The owner says not only was equipment taken, but also cash that was meant for Christmas party. Shaolin Boxing Club in Tottenville is where kids learn discipline and fitness. It’s also, according to owner Dominic Breen, aka “Coach Dom,” “A safe haven for all the kids.”
Breen loves the nearly 50 he teaches. “We do community outings. We are here six days a week with them,” he said.
Last week, though, the safe haven was shattered after police say someone broke into the club during the overnight hours. Surveillance video shows two people in a dark pickup. Police said they got away with nearly $10,000 worth of equipment. “We lost weights, we lost treadmills, TVs, cash,” Breen said.
It was crushing new for Erica Fiore, who has been bringing here three kids to the gym for years. Coach Dom said the burglars entered the club by picking a lock that has since been replaced, and within minutes they started loading pieces of equipment one after another on that truck, and that’s not all.