Thieves Hit Lexington Food Bank For Third Time In A Week

Its mission is to help feed the hungry in communities around our region, but three times in the last week, thieves have struck a God's Pantry location in Lexington.

Police are now looking for clues at the center on Traveler Road.

A God's Pantry volunteer showed up on Thursday morning to find that, once again, someone had jimmied the door and broke into the center.

The person, or persons, got away with three cases of frozen catfish and some canned goods. Earlier this week, thieves took some new air conditioning units from the facility.

Police found a shopping cart that the thieves used to cart away the stolen food around the block. They had left behind some canned peas.

People who work with God's Pantry say the irony of this latest burglary was that they were planning to install a new deadbolt on the door sometime on Thursday. Now, the food bank is temporarily closed until a strong door and deadbolt can be installed.

The God's Pantry center on Traveler Road has been open since October. All six God's Pantry centers in Lexington combined serve about 1200 family per month. That's a 34 percent increase from this time last year.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2008 at 06:54 PM
    well its going to get worse as time goes on.
  • by grumpy on Jun 22, 2008 at 08:47 AM
    dont blame the police the have too many crooks out there to try to catch blame the low lifes that stole from the hungry you cant lock them out you can just slow them down the police cant be every where unless we all get deputized
  • by Barney Location: Georgetown KY on Jun 21, 2008 at 04:02 PM
    The pantry needs an ADT system along with a video camera that records onto a DVR. So if there are future break-ins the police will have a DVD of the break-in.
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jun 20, 2008 at 10:15 AM
    Sounds like the same people keep hitting this place..I'd volunteer to watch it, we don't need police to keep an eye on it. Seems to me that if people are this upset, the community would do something about it.
  • by worried Location: winchester on Jun 20, 2008 at 08:38 AM
    I think times are getting bad and I think they are going to get worse. We are in for a hard few years.........I am a single mom and have made it indepently for years with no help or child support for my two is now getting really hard. I have applied for a second job ( I have an excellent work history) I work full time at a bank but I can't get anyone to hire me for the second job............I am worried about things like food...........I pray for anyone who is hungry and if these people are hungry then I am sorry they had to steal to get it.
  • by To Hello??? Location: Lexington on Jun 20, 2008 at 03:17 AM
    I'm sure that police patrols were stepped up in the area, but unfortunately the police can't be responsible for watching this business 24/7. By no means is this an embarrassment to the police department, who are out there everyday protecting us!!! It should be an embarrassment to the low-life that has to steal from God's Pantry.
  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Jun 19, 2008 at 10:24 PM
    These were probably not desperate people, just thieves that plan to sell the food. The pantry would have probably given them the food if they had come during open hours if they were desperate and hungry.
  • by Melissa Location: London on Jun 19, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    That's ashamed because I work at a local food pantry and people are really pleased to get something to eat. Why would people want to break into Gods Pantry. Where do you think that the food that goes into the food boxes come from in the first place. Without a food bank people would go hungry. If your reading this please turn yourselves in. God will forgive you. Think of the less fortunte people out their. God bless you.
  • by MJ Location: Lexington on Jun 19, 2008 at 04:01 PM
    Well considering police overtime and manpower has been cut, its tough to be everywhere all the time. Secondly, its not people who are starving hitting this place, its pill heads who don't want to work. Just go to WalMart and watch all the fat dirty people walking around spending your hard earned money. Laura, people like you who work and are struggling would never think of doing this. It isn't that bad yet.
  • by richard Location: lexington on Jun 19, 2008 at 03:49 PM
    They must have some good grubb in the Pantry!!...yum, yum!!
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