The thieves who broke into the pantry at Hope In Action No. 1 apparently did not care that the items they stole are free for the asking.
Hope In Action provides mostly non-perishable and staple food items free of charge to individuals and families in need who apply for assistance through the Hope Police Department.
Hope police are continuing their investigation into the weekend break-in which cleaned out the food pantry at the West Third Street facility and resulted in the theft of an undetermined amount of cash donations from the local charity, according to HPD Investigator Todd Lauterbach.
“Because it is still an active investigation, we don't have any suspect leads at this time,” Lauterbach said. “From what was reported to us, someone made illegal entry into the Hope In Action No. 1 over the weekend; and, stole a bunch of food items and an amount of money from one of the desk drawers.”
He said a window was damaged to gain entry to the building, but no vandalism appeared to have occurred.
Lauterbach said he had no indication of the monetary value of the items stolen.
“They took a bunch,” he said.
He declined to state how much cash was taken in the burglary.