Thieves target Fayetteville food bank vehicles

January 31, 2013 8:17:09 PM PST
Managers at Second Harvest Food Bank in Fayetteville said two car batteries were stolen this week out of two of their cargo vans. Those two batteries are now leaving them $2,000 in the hole.

"It's unfortunate that this would happen in a neighborhood that we are here for," said Ron Pringle, the operations manager at the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Pringle said the drivers were getting ready for their morning routes Wednesday and Thursday mornings when they noticed the windows on the drivers' side were broken.

"It's sad when anyone is targeted for theft," said Fayetteville Police Spokesman Gavin MacRoberts.  "It can be put in your own vehicle. It could be to sell to some place. It could be to take to a recycling center. They can be tempting targets."

That tempting target is now putting a financial strain on a cause where every penny counts.

"It affects our insurance of course. It affects other areas, like what we're going to have to do to beef up our security," said Pringle.

However, true to their mission, managers at Second Harvest said the incident has them asking themselves what more can they do for their community.

"The problem is still out there and that there are individuals out there suffering and they're willing to go to extreme measures just to put food on their tables," said Pringle.

Both vehicles will be back on the road Friday ready to pick up food once again for the food bank.

While it has been a few years, managers said this isn't the first time they've been the target of theft. They've also had copper stolen out of their air conditioning units and kerosene stolen out of a container behind the food bank.

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