October 10, 2002 at 5:40 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 4:27 AM
MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - Thieves entered a YWCA in the Cleveland suburb of Middleburg Heights and cleaned out the food pantry, stealing hundreds of cans of food and turkeys that had been stored for poor families.
Employees found cabinet doors pried from hinges and shelves bare Wednesday.
Burglars Tuesday night also stole three computers, printers and other electronic items, said Sondra Miller, spokeswoman for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland.
"It's so disheartening," she said. "The people who came in here steal not only from the YWCA and donors, they steal from families in need, families in the Middleburg Heights area. They are stealing from their neighbors, and to think about that makes me sick."
Miller said she believes burglars backed up a car to the door and moved food, toilet paper, toothpaste and items with serving carts. Employees found the carts by a trash bin.
Miller said the organization has insurance, and the computers and electronic equipment will be replaced. But she is asking donors to help replenish the food pantry. In the meantime, families will be referred to another food bank.
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