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57,000 lbs. of chicken stolen from food bank
Police have surveillance video of the crime, taken Saturday night between 9 and 10 p.m. They're enhancing it now.
Only 40% of the Food Bank of Delaware's transport fleet is left. The rest of it was stolen from a loading dock over the weekend: two trailers and a blue Freightliner tractor, all were marked with the Food Bank of Delaware's insignia.
The trailers contained 57,000 pounds of chicken donate by Frank Perdue. The total loss for the food bank is nearly $500,000.
With demand up, donations down and an 8% cut in state funding, this is a devastating blow.
Patricia Beebe of the Food Bank of Delaware tells Action News, "We have a decrease in funding. We have theft. We're paying more for food. We have a decreased amount of donated product and we have demand going up& gas is through the roof."
The food bank distributes 10 million pounds of food to Delaware's poor each year. Thousands of prepared meals are designated each month for children in after school hunger relief programs and to cooperating agencies in the summertime.
The state police say they are sickened by this enormous theft and are certain that professionals pulled off this caper.
Delaware State Police Corporal Jeff Whitmarsh says, "It's obviously a person who knows how to operate this type of equipment. Not only that, but the other trailer that was stolen was not attached. So has to be someone who not only can drive a rig, but knows how to hook it up to an additional trailer."
The police have an all point bulletin out all along the East Coast for the missing vehicles. The food bank's relief programs provide for nearly 90,000 Delaware people at risk of going without meals each year.
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