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Burglars vandalize Grass Valley Food Bank building

Toni C. Thompson Executive Director, The Food Bank of Nevada County holding the door as Dave Roberts of Mack's Glass Service of Grass Valley checked the lock of the door entrance into the office of the business, Monday afternoon.
John Hart/jhart@theunion.com | The Union

Burglars made off with food, a checkbook and gift certificates after breaking in to the Food Bank of Nevada County’s building on Railroad Avenue in Grass Valley.

But it’s the thousands of dollars in damage that really upset Executive Director Toni Thompson — that and the note of apology the criminals left behind.

“They left a note that said, ‘I do apologize, I am in a hard place,’” Thompson said. “I can’t believe that. It’s outrageous. … Your apology is not accepted.”



After all, Thompson said, the Food Bank “never, ever turns anybody away. We never deny anybody food. All they have to do is say they’re hungry.”

The burglars came through the front door with a crowbar, completely destroying the door and the frame, Thompson said.




By Monday afternoon, Thompson had a contractor working on repairing the damage, with the estimate coming in at about $5,000.

“We live on donations,” Thompson said. “I could just spit nails right now.”

Just a week ago, The Food Bank distributed nearly 100 pounds of food per family to 300 families at the Salvation Army. The organization conducts emergency food distributions Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“People can access food (from us) at any time,” Thompson said. “That’s what is so upsetting.”

According to Thompson, the burglar also took gas from the organization’s trucks and pried open her office door so that she can’t even lock up confidential documents.

“This morning, I wanted to throw up,” she said.

Anyone with information on the break-in or who wants to donate to the Food Bank can call the organization at 530-272-3796.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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