Burglars Hit Local Food Bank

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Several large boxes of food were stolen from the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank over the weekend.

Food bank operations manager Richard Krause said the burglary occurred sometime Friday night or early Sunday morning.

"Whoever got in either stole the key, found the key, or picked the lock. There was no evidence of any break-in," Krause said. "One of my co-workers came in and told me we were missing a whole bunch of boxes. I went out and looked and there was a stack of boxes as big as a pick-up truck missing."

Krause said 40 large banana boxes full of canned foods, crackers and cookies were gone from the warehouse, items totaling $1,600.

Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said the case will go to the criminal investigations unit.

"The fact that there was no forced entry limits the number of people who could have done this," Engler said. "We are continuing our investigation."

This is the second time in two years the food bank has been burglarized, Krause said. Four people were arrested in the last break-in.

"The last time they really trashed the whole facility," Krause said. "This time, they just broke into our warehouse, which is a separate building."

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call the Payson Police Department at (928) 474-5177.

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