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Published January 20 2010

Electronics stolen from Fargo food bank

Someone broke into the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo on Monday night and stole an estimated $2,000 in electronics.

The intruder likely spent a good chunk of time breaking into the food bank, but then took relatively few items, said Steve Sellent, program director of the food bank.

There’s no indication that the intruder stole anything from the pantry’s estimated 40,000 cases of food, Sellent said.

Police told Sellent that it looked like the intruder tried to break into several doors, all secured by high-quality deadbolt locks, before prying open a steel door at the rear of the building at 1720 3rd Ave. N.

The perpetrator then broke into offices inside the building to steal a laptop computer, a camera and miscellaneous equipment, Sellent said. A small generator from an adjacent warehouse, which the Salvation Army leases from the food bank, also was taken.

The break-in occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Monday, when the last employee left, and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

All locks, which cost about $500 each, have been replaced, Sellent said.