Reporting Anjali Hemphill
NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) — The first break-in at the Nevada County Food Bank ended with an anonymous apology note.
The second ended with a stolen delivery truck.
“It’s going to affect a lot of people. It’s going to stop us from buying the food that we need to feed folks.”
The food bank’s front door is now sealed shut after burglars broke in with a crowbar.
“If somebody’s hungry, then they are welcome to the food. But the vandalism, ransacking, everything, throwing everything everywhere? It took us all day just to de-stress from the whole thing and clean up.”
Director Toni Thompson said not only did they steal food and gift certificates, but the door they broke will also cost thousands to fix.
“$5,000 feeds a whole bunch of kids for one month.”
Toni was even more appalled when her staff found an apology note scribbled on a piece of paper saying, “I apologize, but I’ve fallen on hard times.”
“Excuse me? An apology? For this kind of damage? This kind of intrusion? It’s not acceptable. We don’t accept your apology, whomever you are out there.”
But the very next day, one of the food bank’s delivery trucks—a maroon 1997 Chevy 1500 pickup truck with a camper shell—disappeared.
Toni doesn’t know if it was the same burglars who took it, but she says this apology note could never make up for what they did.
“There is no redemption in my book for this kind of atrocity to a food bank.”
She says the food bank will have to use donation money that’s supposed to be for food to replace what was taken. But she says her sense of security is gone forever.
“We always felt that because we give people food in this community, we don’t deny food to anybody, that we are safe.”