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Burglars Steal 2,000 Pounds of Meat From Graham Food Pantry

During the holiday season, many families in need head to local food banks to help put food on the table But officials in Graham say it was a thief who headed to the food pantry there early Thursday morning.
During the holiday season, many families in need head to local food banks to help put food on the table But officials in Graham say it was a thief who headed to the food pantry there early Thursday morning.

Graham Community Food Pantry Director Don Oldfield says volunteers discovered 2,000 pounds of meat and some office equipment had been stolen.

He says the thieves got in using a key that was stolen from a local church a couple of weeks ago.

"They came in the front door. They took what they wanted," Oldfield says. "The doors were all closed and locked when we got here this morning."

Oldfield says it's unfortunate this had to happen and especially so close to Christmas.

"Whoever did this, they didn't take food from me and they didn't take food from the food pantry or the community; they took it from elderly people, from single moms trying to raise children, from disabled people and others that are in need," Oldfield says. 

He says he really wonders what kind of person would do that. 

However, Oldfield says after word got out that someone had stolen the meat, the community has responded in a huge way trying to replenish what was lost.

"The people of Graham has responded today like they do in situations like this and we probably had as much food come in the door today as went out the door," Oldfield says. "This is the time of year when people are especially generous and they are aware of needs. I think it has to hit everybody pretty hard that are conditions really that bad that people have to break into the food bank."

He also says the food pantry offices were ransacked, and some office equipment was stolen.

Graham police officers say if you have any information about this crime please call (940) 549-6441.

This is the second time here recently a food bank has been robbed in Texoma. 
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