A large quantity of coats and school supplies was stolen from a Salvation Army Roseville Corps church downtown in the middle of the night Oct. 5, the Roseville Police Department said.
“They were collecting them for a holiday party,” department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said. The items were going to be donated to needy families.
“We are obviously a bit upset and hurt that people in our community would break in to our facility,” said Lt. Steve Pavlakis, manager of the corps. “Every Christmas we do a Christmas distribution, and about 1,000 kids come through.”
Pavlakis said about 250 jackets and 100 backpacks were taken from a locked shed. Pavlakis said a crowbar was used to rip off a padlock.
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“We are thankful the community is rallying,” Pavlakis said. The Placer County Association of Realtors is taking donations to replace the stolen jackets.
If you’re interested in sending school supplies to the church, the address is 100 Lincoln Street, Roseville CA 95678.
The Roseville Police Department urges anyone with information to email firstname.lastname@example.org.