AUBURN (CBS13) — Two men stole more than 300 pounds of meat from a Salvation Army freezer, and tried stashing it in a cold-storage facility, Auburn Police say.

Salvation Army Lt. Justin Docherty was devastated when he found out the meat was missing.

“I thought it was gone for good,” he said.

More than 300 pounds of frozen meat, worth nearly $7,000, was missing from the organization’s walk-in freezer.

Investigators didn’t want to disclose just how they managed to find the meat, citing an ongoing investigation. But they said they were led to a cold-storage facility in Penryn where they made the surprising find.

“Through a little bit of luck, a little bit of investigation we were able to find the meat,” Det. Sgt Dale Hutchins said.

They’d also catch up to Jeffrey Holzman and charge him with burglary. They say that his accomplice, who is still at large and not being identified, had intimate knowledge about the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army’s freezer is full again.

“We’re just incredibly grateful that the Auburn police took this seriously,” Docherty said.

With most of the meat back, Docherty and his staff can get back to their mission of getting the essential food where it needs to go.

“They were stealing from members of their own community, and that’s the disappointing thing,” he said.

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