The Food Bank in Antlers, provided by the First Baptist Church, got broken into last week as individual(s) used butter knives to get in one of the windows. According to Pastor Aaron Reed, they also tried to break into the Youth Center by damaging the door knob but a dead bolt stopped them.
The food bank at the First Baptist Church, in Antlers, supplies between 250 and 300 families with food every month, something Pastor Reed is very proud of, but if individuals continue to try to and successfully break into the facility they may be forced to shut the doors.
“We were very blessed this time. They didn’t do a lot of damage but they did make a giant mess. They knocked stuff off of shelves, a few items were missing but we haven’t found anything of significant value gone.,” said Pastor Reed. “They also went through the front desk but we haven’t noticed anything missing. I don’t think they are targeting us but I also don’t believe they understand the repercussions of what they are doing to the community.”
According to Pastor Reed, over the past few years they have had 3 break-ins to the food bank, one on the main building and youth center and a recent attempted break-in into the Fellowship Hall.
" I hope they'll see that what they're doing takes the chance of us not being able to continue to do this. We can’t continue to help the community if we have to spend the money on repairing damage and replacing items," said Reed.
If you see something suspicious, or have any information on the break-ins, please call the Antlers Police Department.