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St. Francis Catholic Church is seeking to replace stolen pantry food and a Knights of Columbus trailer.

COURTESY PHOTO: BOBBI FALLON - Burglars broke into Sherwoods St. Francis Catholic Church on July 28, removing numerous food items and leaving the rest scattered around the room including ice creat, which melted.A July 28 burglary and theft at St. Francis Catholic Church left the church's food pantry short of 20 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of chicken drumsticks, 50 packages of tofurkey lunch meat and 50 cans of frozen juice from freezers and refrigerators.

In addition, the trailer that contains everything to cook the Knights of Columbus' chicken for local events and festivals, including the recent Robin Hood Festival, was stolen as well.

Bobbi Fallon, the social action coordinator for the church, said the break-in occurred at St. Francis' community hall, which is located at 15659 S.W. Oregon St. in Sherwood.

While the thieves tried to steal refrigerators and freezers, instead they left them outside the building after scattering food they didn't want on the floor of the community room, Fallon said.

"We did get a lot from the Oregon Food Bank, but to replace it will be an astronomical cost to us," said Fallon. "I would estimate it will cost us over $1,500 to replace the food alone."

Those wanting to donate food or funds to replace those items can do so on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., or Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., at the community center. The pantry is in most need of meat, eggs, cheese, milk and juice. Meanwhile, a

has been planned at Hillsboro's TopGolf, set for Saturday, Aug. 13, to support the church in its efforts to replace the lost supplies.

"They will be hitting 100 golf balls for the events. We have each self sponsored ourselves for at least $1 a ball," said Fallon. "We are looking for one-time donations of any amount. There are a few spots left, we ask that people donate/raise at least $500 to participate."

Fallon estimates it will cost well over $8,000 to replaced the trailer and equipment.

Sherwood Police Department Capt. Jon Carlson said in addition to the trailer and food, whoever broke into the community center also gained access to an outside storage shed, where they cut a lock. While items inside were placed by the shed's door, they were not taken.

The Knight's trailer is a 2010 International cargo trailer with license plate number U436998. The thieves were apparently able to remove the hitch lock to steal it. Inside were three steel charcoal barbecue pits, five white plastic tables, six multi-colored chairs and four coolers.

"They said this is the third time they've been broken into," said Carlson of St. Francis Catholic Church.

Police have no suspects yet, Carlson said.


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