Nearly $4,000 worth of donated meat was stolen from an outdoor freezer at a Seattle food bank Friday night.
Providence Regina House food bank in South Park feeds hundreds of families.
Not only did they break the lock off, there was a padlock here but they broke the whole mechanism, said Paige Collins, Providence Regina House manager.
Between 15 and 17 bins of food were taken the night before the food bank s busiest distribution day. On Saturday, hundreds of families lined up around the block for food baskets. About 550 families or up to 3,000 people are served each week.
It s a total bummer, said Collins.
According to Collins, the stealer is no stranger. It s believed he's a client. The man is in his early 20s was spotted trying to sell the stolen meat at a bus stop the night of the burglary.
It hurts your feelings at the same time, and it sucks you re like oh I feed him. It s so wrong, said Collins.
It s like robbing from all of the community, from everybody, said Rocio Camacho, who receives assistance from the food bank.
News of the theft is upsetting to other clients.
I d punch him and maybe run away. I don t know what he looks like but I d do something, said Camacho.
Community members appalled by the crime are also taking action.
Once word got around it was like, let s get them. The neighborhood is very protective of the food bank, said Collins.
Neighbors have even offered to guard the freezer.
Financial donations, many upwards of $100 each, are coming in. While a surveillance camera is pointed towards the freezer, the food bank doesn t have access to the video yet.
Collins estimates fixing the freezer s lock will cost about $500, until that s done, meat won t be stored there.