Salvation Army staff arrived at work this morning to the
devastating discovery that thieves had stolen food collected
for the Rotorua Daily Post Christmas foodbank appeal.
Salvation Army Captain Amanda Martin said the theft was at
the Salvation Army Church on Old Taupo Rd in the youth hall
and was discovered today when staff arrived for work at 9am.
"It's devastating for us," she said.
"It's disgusting really, to steal from the hand that feeds
Thieves climbed onto a flat roof and removed high louvre
windows and lowered themselves into the hall which was not
They stole 8-10 boxes of food and drink - mostly chocolates,
soft drink - and several bags of potatoes.
Twenty four frozen chickens were also taken from a freezer.
Some boxes were found stashed under shrubs alongside the
Police are investigating and had taken fingerprints at the
Two large footprints were left on a chair in the hall.
Staff at the Rotorua Daily Post are appealing to members of
the public to help replace the stolen items.
If you can help, drop your donations of either non-perishable
goods or money to our office on Hinemoa St.
- By Mike Watson of the Rotorua Daily Post