Thieves hit Rotorua food bank

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 you."

Thieves climbed onto a flat roof and removed high louvre windows and lowered themselves into the hall which was not alarmed.

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 building.

Police are investigating and had taken fingerprints at the entry points.

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

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