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Copper thieves hit Minnie's Food Pantry

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PLANO, Texas -

A North Texas food pantry was without power Friday morning because of copper thieves who broke into an electrical box outside of the building.

Minne's Food Pantry in Plano provides food to anyone in need, and more than 100 feet of copper wiring was stolen.

CEO Cheryl "Action" Jackson said fortunately, only the administrative side of building was affected, and she was able to open for business.

"They cut every wire we had," she said.

This is the third time the copper wiring at the food pantry has been stripped.

Plano Police say the previous thefts happened when Minnie's was at an old location, which has staff members wondering if they're being targeted, and if so, why?

Jackson is worried the thieves will return to strip the rest of the copper.

While the pantry side, where perishable food is stored, was OK, if it hadn't been, it would have cut the power to the refrigerators and resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars' worth of food.

"People don't understand, this is the bare necessities of life that we're trying to provide, and for someone to vandalize our place like that…" said Jackson.

The staff prides themselves on having meat, fresh fruit, and veggies for people in need.

"Yesterday while we were serving, a woman walked here," said Jackson. "She was blind and she walked in the snow to come get food."

The food pantry's staff will spend the night in the building if they have to in order to keep an eye on things, Jackson said.

Anyone who would like to help or who has information about the crime is encouraged to contact Minnie's Food Pantry at minniesfoodpantry.org.

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